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Sands Bethworks Campus


Sands Bethworks Campus
Bethlehem Steel Plant
Bethlehem Works



  • Sands Bethworks is a large-scale redevelopment of the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem's South Side.
  • The three-phase development features a casino with 3,000 slot machines to open in late 2008, the hotel and conference center to open in early 2009, and an expanded casino to open by summer 2009.
  • Plans call for preserving or reusing parts of 23 of the remaining 36 buildings on the 124-acre site.
  • Demolition of ten buildings on the site was scheduled to begin on April 26, 2007.
  • In April 2007 the casino complex was expected to cost about $600 million.
  • Cost of the entire master plan, including a new PBS-39 WLVT studio, an ArtsQuest performing arts center, the National Museum of Industrial History, and hundreds of condominiums and apartments, could reach $900 million.
  • The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board unanimously approved licensing for the project in late December 2006, allowing detailed planning, permitting, and marketing to move forward.
  • The project generated much local opposition by those opposed to gambling.



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# Building Height Floors Building type Year Status
1 fullheightview-view-from-the-southeast Wind Creek Bethlehem ≈175 ft 14 high-rise building 2011
2 exterior-cornice-detail Bethlehem Steel Building 13 high-rise building 1916
3 Wind Creek Bethlehem Expansion Tower ≈150 ft 12 high-rise building 2021
4 fullheightview-view-from-the-southeast No. 2 Machine Shop ≈100 ft 8 low-rise building 1890
5 fullheightview-view-from-the-southeast-of-the-parking-deck Sands Bethworks Casino and Parking Deck ≈88 ft 7 low-rise building 2009
6 fullheightview-view-from-the-east Northampton Community College Southside Campus ≈75 ft 6 low-rise building -
7 fullheightview-view-from-the-southeast-along-3rd-street Bethlehem Steel Building Annex ≈63 ft 5 low-rise building -
8 fullheightview-view-from-the-southeast Bethlehem Steel Plant High House ≈63 ft 5 low-rise building -
9 fromfaraway-vintage-view-from-the-south Bethlehem Works Blast Furnace - industrial framework -
under construction
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