Published On: Wed, Jun 22nd, 2016

PHOTOS: Proposed Relocation of Odette’s Restaurant to American Legion Property in New Hope

Odettes RenderingPennsylvania Bureau of State Parks representatives presented a proposed site map and rendering to New Hope Borough Council Tuesday night illustrating their agreement with Odette’s Restaurant site developer Gateway to New Hope LLC on “finding a way to re-purpose this [Odette’s] building.”

Gateway originally wanted to bulldoze the historic 1784 structure to make way for its planned “boutique” conference center, but under the agreement with the Bureau of State Parks, it will move the building to the north end of the American Legion parking lot on New Street in New Hope within one year, and ultimately relocate the landmark edifice to the southern tip of the property.

Odette’s will be out of historical context in proximity to that section of the Delaware Canal, but at least it’s being saved from destruction, say many observers.Odettes - New Hope Free Press

Meanwhile, state officials haven’t decided whether it’s more economical to restore only the outside of the building and construct additional administrative and exhibition space in a nearby lot (“Plaza Improvements”), or restore the entire building to usable condition.

A representative from Friends of the Delaware Canal expressed the group’s desire that the center of educational and tourism activity remain at the Locktender’s House and its accompanying annex, and that the plaza area be developed, as originally proposed.

Odettes Plaza ImprovementsUnfortunately, working mule barges on the canal are not on the immediate horizon.

“We haven’t yet come up with a viable operator,” said the State Parks spokesperson, who is hoping that the improvements being considered for the Delaware Canal near Lock 11 will make the concession more attractive and viable for potential licensees.

 

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- Born in Brooklyn, raised at the Jersey Shore, lives in New Hope with wife, two kids, and too many rescued animals. Masters in politics from New York University. Former head of communications for MetLife, Vonage, Lincoln Financial. Former reporter for New Hope Gazette. Makes sure the Editorial and Advertising departments are kept separate.

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  1. While I am sad that the building has to be moved, I do like the new site. I like seeing the building upon arrival into town, rather than the parking lot. I look forward to hopefully seeing christmas lights on the building or a beautiful lit facade.

  2. My grandmother’s was one of 16 children of Ancil and Lizzy Schermerhorn raised in New Hope. I’m saddened by the New Hope of today. I spent many summers in the 1960’s visiting my great-aunts and uncles there. New Hope is nothing like the beautiful, quaint town I remember.

  3. ceslds@gmail.com' Kit Taylor says:

    No sense in re-locating the Odette’s building. New Hope has already rid itself of any historical character. Why are the canal barges not running anymore? PETA. Mules, bred for pulling and towing, are best left to the fields to munch grass, or, euthanized as per PETA’s favorite solution. The steam locomotive that used to run for visitors’ delight? Too much smoke and noise. The diesel locomotive now running is next up for expulsion due to smoke emanating from its engine. It also has noise and a horn that causes distress amongst the new residents. So, come to New Hope to buy a sequined vest or boots of uber Italian fashion at Savioni. I’m sure the Milan crowd would be envious, and, wonder why you are here instead of SoHo.

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