‘The Cat Doctor’ Property Receives Facade Improvement Grant

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The Cat Doctor is located at 415 Main Street in Hellertown.

The Cat Doctor is located at 415 Main Street in Hellertown.

On Monday, Hellertown Borough Council members followed up on a borough planning commission recommendation by unanimously approving a grant award of $2,500 for facade improvement at 415 Main Street.

The Victorian era, turreted building is owned by Dr. Susan Ackermann, a local veterinarian whose practice, The Cat Doctor, is located inside it.

It was built around 1901 by Theodore F. More and is known as the “More House,” according to an exterior plaque.

The matching grant is part of the borough’s ongoing facade improvement program, which provides limited funding for eligible commercial and residential projects on Main Street and Water Street. Among the Main Street businesses that have so far received funding from it are Mike’s Kids Doggie Shop and Saucon Valley Massage Therapy.

Planning commission chairman Phil Weber–who is also a borough council member–said Ackermann is planning to paint the entire three-story building, but that the funds she was awarded will only help pay for painting the front-facing, Main Street side of it.

He said not much will be changed in terms of the red brick building’s color scheme and overall appearance.

Council members Herb Payung and James Hill were absent from the meeting.

    facadeThe handsome building that now houses a local veterinarian was built as a private residence circa 1901 by Theodore F. More.

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