Special State Tax District To Aid Allentown’s Riverfront Development


Allentown’s Riverfront development plans are coming along, as a special tax district designation will allow for the money collected from taxes to stay local. This is good news for Allentown’s mayor, Ed Pawlowski, and other city leaders, all who have been working on generating the revenue for various aspects of the development plan – including a hockey arena. The arena, which will house minor league hockey team, the Phantoms, is to be built in the district, and city officials are hopeful that other businesses will open up along the Riverfront over the course of the next few years.

The development is also aided by a grant from the Department of Transportation, as part of its Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative this past year. Joyce Marin, Allentown’s Director of Community and Economic Development at the time, spoke to the scope of this project at RenewLV’s brown-bag session in November. Check out our Multimedia page for the full recording of that session (along with great photos).

What sort of businesses would you like to see on the Allentown Riverfront? Personally, I’m hoping an Ethiopian restaurant opens in the area.

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About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on December 23, 2009, in Media Coverage, Municipal Government, Neighborhoods, Public Infrastructure, Urbanism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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