Allentown marks 1st section of Hamilton Road enchancment challenge

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk has fantasized about this second for some time.

He lastly received to take a sledge hammer Tuesday to a rotted bench at sixth and Hamilton streets, marking section 1 of the Hamilton Streetscape Enchancment Undertaking.

The challenge is funded by ANIZDA’s public enchancment funding program and sponsored by Metropolis Middle.

Part 1 is focusing on the five hundred and 600 blocks of Hamilton Road and can price round $2 million. It can carry new sidewalks, lighting, bushes, gathering areas, trash cans, bike racks, parking kiosks, crosswalks, and, sure, benches.

“The important thing to getting folks downtown is security, safety, cleanliness, and this helps contribute to that. We additionally want enticing locations for these people,” Tuerk stated.

It is a part of a $10.7-million plan to redo different sections of Hamilton and Linden streets in addition to construct in entrance of the brand new Da Vinci Science Middle.

It is a far cry from the times of the Hamilton Mall and glass canopies.

“Basically Hamilton Road remains to be the Lehigh Valley’s main business hall. So ensuring we glance good for the entire Lehigh Valle, whether or not it is for workplace staff, or retailers like we’re standing in a store right here on Hamilton Road,” Tuerk stated.

Retailers like Meeting 88 proprietor Santo Napoli say the challenge will carry extra folks downtown.

“Quick-term sure, it will trigger some confusion to prospects coming downtown. Long run, it is what we’d like,” Napoli stated.

Streetscape development will transfer in phases by the tip of October and would require restricted street closures, parking restrictions, and sidewalk disruptions.

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As soon as accomplished, town of Allentown can be chargeable for upkeep.