Bolstered by an Allentown arena project that appears to be full-steam ahead, City Center Investment Corp. has decided to boost the height of its proposed downtown office complex to 11 stories.
At five floors taller than its original proposal, Two City Center will be the second tallest building in downtown Allentown, surpassed only by the PPL tower.
Major demolition started Thursday on the former First National Bank building at Seventh and Hamilton streets to make room for what will be a 181-foot tall brick, glass and limestone structure for up to 900 workers.
“When people look out across the horizon and see this building a few blocks from PPL Plaza, they’re going to notice that Allentown is beginning to build a bit of a skyline,” said Jim Harbaugh, chief operating officer for City Center as he watched demolition begin. “But first they have to take this building down. They’ve got a big ol’ crane and the big boys are going to be swinging today. This is going to be fun.”