A city developer wants to open a barbecue restaurant in the spring, start to pave the property now and begin construction in the winter months on Church Street near Basin Street.
Benjamin Stopper, who bought the Lending Textiles building at 300 Church St., received approvals from the Williamsport City Council Thursday for his planned "Bootleg Barbeque."
The council approved his certificate of appropriateness on the building that he bought three years ago with plans to transform it into a rib restaurant.
Stopper's daughters also received the recommended land development approval for renovating the building and adding off-street parking. His daughters will take over the management responsibilities.
Stopper said the restaurant's visitors can anticipate authentic wood-smoked barbecue items, including beef, chicken and pork.
Stopper also received subdivision approval for land on 2600 Reach Road. The property is being sold to NuWeld, Stopper said. He said 275 people work there now, but the company anticipates up to 400 employees.
Council also approved the Genetti Hotel's plans to replace an existing sign with a new programmable changeable electronic sign and land development for Newberry Independent Club, 2017 Boyd St., to make room for parking lot expansion, according to Bernie Schelb, a club representative.