Allentown Toy Manufacturing constructing may turn out to be reasonably priced housing

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Allentown Metropolis Council authorised a plan to amass funding to rehabilitate and reuse the previous Allentown Toy Manufacturing Co. constructing Wednesday night time.

The Metropolis of Allentown is searching for $1.5 million to be used by the Allentown Redevelopment Authority to reuse the property situated at 725 N. tenth St. It plans to assemble an reasonably priced housing growth consisting of 20 models, in keeping with Leonard Lightner, town’s chief working officer.

The venture — which can give precedence to lower-income residents — can be funded in its entirety by a U.S. Rep. Susan Wild Neighborhood Undertaking Funding grant if town is profitable.

Acquisition of the presently vacant constructing is pending. Allentown Toy Manufacturing introduced in December 2021 that it will be closing its doorways after 70 years in enterprise, greater than 50 of which have been spent on the tenth Road constructing.

New cops

In different information, council authorised the hiring of seven cops. Every of the patrolmen will obtain a $64,511 annual wage.

One of many seven officers, Stephen Rowe, is from town. Chandler Wilson, Dalton DeRosa, Keegan Connelly, Allen Strohl, Elias Roman and Michael Bramble comprise your complete authorised contingent.

Mayor Matt Tuerk’s administration indicated the hirings would “profit the Metropolis of Allentown with further police presence.”

The officers had already been employed, however Wednesday night time’s motion make them lively formally.

“That is the decision to place them out on the streets,” Lightner mentioned.

Metropolis contracts

Council additionally authorised 4 separate contracts. A type of is with Provo, Utah-based Qualtrics to conduct an worker engagement survey. Qualtrics was the second lowest bid however obtained the work as a result of they “outperform” the bottom bidder — Past Suggestions — in 4 classes. The deal pays Qualtrics a complete of $39,688.

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A second entails a pact with Philadelphia-based Supplies Conservation Co. to handle the upkeep of two city-owned current public artwork items. The contract is for $58,750.

Arts fee

Lastly, Jane Heft and Mercy Mackenzie have been reappointed and appointed, respectively, to the humanities fee. Each phrases run by way of Jan. 2, 2027.