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Developer to turn Delaware Avenue house into boutique hotel

A new boutique hotel is coming to Delaware Avenue.

Developer Noel Sutton, who has previously specialized in restoring long-neglected homes and other buildings in Allentown, has acquired a three-story brick-and-masonry building at 1296 Delaware Ave., which he plans to convert into the nine-room Viceroy Hotel, with off-street parking. Sutton paid $415,000 to buy it from Jeffrey P. Travers' Real Jem Ventures LLC.

The 5,622-square-foot building, designed by E.B. Green, is at the corner of Delaware and Lancaster avenues, next to the 152-unit Gates Circle Apartments and just south of Gates Circle. It had previously been used as a private home with a first-floor doctor's office. It was originally listed for sale in 2005, and has been vacant since.

The developer, who received zoning variances in February, plans to spend $1 million on the restoration and conversion. He could not be reached to comment.

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