Allentown Waterfront Developers Hash Out Details Of Riverwalk, Land Buys

English: City of Allentown from east side

English: City of Allentown from east side (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When private developers create a public riverwalk along the Lehigh River, who maintains it?

That’s just one of the questions raised by Allentown planners as developers Mark Jaindl and Dunn Twiggar Co. move forward with a $250 million mixed-use proposal for the city’s riverfront.

That plan — which includes 10 buildings housing 610,000 square feet of offices, 130,000 square feet of retail and 172 apartments — faces a vote for tentative approval by the city’s Planning Commission, the second of three approvals needed before construction can begin. Work on the property could start by the first quarter of 2014.

Waterfront developers had a workshop meeting with commissioners Thursday to hash out various issues involved with the 26-acre, two-phase development.  Among those were who was going to maintain a multi-level walkway along the Lehigh River.

Read more:  http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-allentown-waterfront-development-planning-river-20130606,0,1241360.story

Senior Housing Proposed For Pottstown Riverfront

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

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Evan Brandt wrote an article in today’s Mercury about a proposal from a developer to build senior housing along Industrial Highway at Evans Street.   

IMHO (and I always have one) there are certainly better things to build along the riverfront than senior housing.  Why are we not looking at places like Manayunk for inspiration??? http://www.manayunk.com/  

The reasons given for being excited about this proposal make no sense.  Seniors on fixed incomes are not going to help revitalize downtown Pottstown.  If that were the case Smith & Sydney Pollock Towers would have already made an impact as they are on High Street.  

If we want Pottstown to be a destination, then we need to think along the lines of Manayunk, not Sun City http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_City,_Arizona  

Great project, wrong location.  We oppose.  

You can read Evan’s article here:  

http://www.pottstownmercury.com/articles/2010/09/09/news/doc4c8936b6945c9409554711.txt