ALLENTOWN, Pa. – A number of owners in Allentown are signing a petition to attempt to preserve a proposed residence advanced out of their neighborhood.
The developer, Hyman Properties, is making an attempt to show an outdated industrial constructing into 48 flats.
Initially, proprietor Nat Hyman tells us he was planning to place 36 flats within the constructing on the nook of Washington Road and North New Road with a parking storage on the primary flooring, however then he was in a position to buy a property proper throughout the road. His plan now’s to make use of that for parking and put 12 extra flats on the primary flooring, bringing the whole to 48.
The constructing has been there for round 100 years, and it has been vacant for many years. Even Hyman admits it is an eyesore.
“It’s a blighted constructing that’s producing little or no in taxes for a metropolis that desperately wants it,” mentioned Hyman.
His plan would flip it into Allentown’s subsequent residence constructing, and he believes he has parking coated.
“We’ve 48 for 48, we now have one for each unit now, so I do not actually see this as a problem, however neighbors are at all times involved about parking,” mentioned Hyman.
A type of folks involved is Brandon Wunder.
“Residents who do rely on parking, they’re all going to undergo, together with his personal tenants, and the proposed garages that he has, they don’t seem to be designed for out and in visitors,” mentioned Wunder. “We’ve a petition that a few of the residents have signed, a few of the residents will go to talk.”
Wunder would not dwell instantly within the neighborhood affected however is advocating on their behalf. We met him at his non-profit in one other outdated industrial constructing that has been transformed into The Various Artwork Gallery. He’d prefer to see one thing comparable occur on Washington Road.
“Retail areas or small companies that can operate to serve the neighborhood, give job alternatives to the neighborhood, and usher in some much-needed business to the Lehigh Valley and to Allentown,” mentioned Wunder.
However Hyman mentioned Wunder’s proposal simply would not make sense.
“If it may have been used for business, it could have been used during the last 17 years it has been vacant and blighted,” mentioned Hyman. “You may’t get tractor trailers in right here, there is no loading docks, you’ll be able to’t use forklifts in right here, the ceiling heights are too low. This constructing was constructed 100 years in the past.”
The talk will come to a head at a Zoning Board listening to subsequent Monday at 7 p.m. in Allentown Metropolis Corridor. Wunder mentioned a number of neighbors will probably be there to talk towards the challenge.
“Neighborhoods must be full neighborhoods, and we have to cease turning our industrial and industrial buildings into residential rental items,” mentioned Wunder.