Reason # 5 to attend the Summit for Smart Growth: Catasauqua’s Iron Works

Everybody loves a comeback story.

There are lots of great reasons to attend the Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities Friday, December 9th at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown. I’ve assembled six to share with you over the next few days.

#5 is…See RenewLV’s New Urbanist Project of 2016: Catasauqua’s Iron Works
Last year Andy Twiggar of The Waterfront took our attendees on a “magic carpet ride” of the drone video plan for that 100 acre development on Allentown’s Lehigh River. It was an amazing moment to see what is happening there after many years of effort.
Now, on Friday, we’ll see the plans for the next most exciting New Urbanist development we know of in the Lehigh Valley: Catasauqua’s Iron Works. Here is what it looks like today…



Who are the hardworking people who have made a new, walkable, bikeable, mixed use future for this neighborhood possible? Every ambitious project of this nature has a whole team that makes it happen. Catasauqua’s professional team included Thomas Committa Associates and Spillman Farmer Architects.


But, two of the local elected leaders who are driving the project forward are: Catasauqua Borough Councilwoman Christine Weaver and Council President, Vince Smith, pictured here.

Come to the Summit and hear Vince tell us the story of this project.  He’ll introduce us to his team and show us drone footage of both the detail of this project and the future vision for this project. If you have questions, you can ask them later in the program during the break out session.  Real estate developers and professionals will want to know that this project will be going out to bid in early 2017.
By coming to the Summit for Smart Growth on Friday, you’ll have first dibs to sign up for a bus tour RenewLV planning for early 2017 of both Catasauqua’s Iron Works and Allentown’s Waterfront. That’s when we’ll tour the sites and learn first hand from the local leaders and professionals what they did and how you can make projects like this happen in your municipality.
For only $70 you get a full-day conference with inspiring and informative programming, collaborative networking opportunities (and two great meals.) Curious about who the panelists and speakers are?  Go to for the program details.

So sign up now and mark your calendars for Friday, December 9th — we’ll plan to see you at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown at the Summit.
Seating is limited, so sign up now by sending an email to, calling our offices at 484-893-1060 or online at:

P.S. Hey smart growth supporters…if you want to support Vince Smith and Chris Weaver in their efforts to convert their one-way main street into a two-way street for the increase in pedestrian safety, improved property values and downtown vitality, go to the Catasauqua Borough Council meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at 118 Bridge Street, Catasauqua, PA  18032!

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