Oh hell yeah! This is why I was so obnoxiously pro-NIZ all last year. This is Allentown’s chance to finally live up to its status as PA’s 3rd largest city, with a legit skyline and enough dirt cheap Class A office space to beat back suburban sprawl office park development for the next half century. May each new building be taller than the last:
Allentown could become home to the Lehigh Valley’s tallest building. Developer Bruce Loch has proposed a 33-story tower at Ninth and Walnut streets with nearly 200,000 square feet of office, retail and residential space that would be built using funding from the one-of-a-kind Neighborhood Improvement Zone.
Loch, of Salisbury Township, said the $60 million tower would be constructed on lot owned by the Allentown Parking Authority. The authority granted preliminary approval for Loch’s plan at a meeting on Wednesday.
Plans call for retail on the ground floor, topped by 19 stories of offices. Above that would be 10 floors of residential space – of those, six would be for apartments and four for condominiums. The top three floors of the building would be a restaurant and conference center.
(via Emily Opilo)