Looks like more developers are starting to heed the Lesson of 2012 – if you build high quality apartments in the Lehigh Valley’s 3 cities, they get gobbled up right away.
The idea to put 10 stories of apartments on top of the parking garage in Bethlehem is my favorite. More residential in the real downtown area would obviously be great for business, and it’s awesome to see people actually trying to take full advantage of the huge zoning envelope in the CB zone. It’s a scandal that so many key downtown land parcels are devoted to parking garages that don’t even have any street-facing retail. Just a lot of long blank walls where there could be more shops. Hopefully this project turns out to be buildable.