The City of Allentown, Allentown Economic Development Corporation and Camoin Associates Consultant Team will present a draft Little Lehigh Creek Industrial Corridor Master Plan in City Council Chambers on Thursday, May 22 at 6pm. The plan is part of a larger program known as the Allentown Reindustrialization Strategy.
The Little Lehigh Creek Industrial Corridor Master Plan is the second of a three part program to further city reindustrialization to increase employment opportunities and choice within the city and raise resident incomes. The program is funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities program and managed through Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.
The Little Lehigh Creek Industrial Corridor planning area extends from the Lehigh River west along the Little Lehigh Creek to about the 15th Street Bridge and includes Mill Street, South Tenth Street, and the former incinerator site. The consultant team will review the plan, answer questions, and accept comments from the public.
The city’s Reindustrialization Program consists of three phases…
• Phase I is a city wide reindustrialization plan, including a review of the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center incubator facility and program, and has been completed.
• Phase II proposes a land use plan, industrial sites and makes recommendations for improvement for the Little Lehigh Corridor, and
• Phase III studies the former Allentown Metal Works for industrial reuse. This phase has recently begun.
The draft Phase II documents will be made available on the city’s website after the May 22 public meeting. The completed Phase I Reindustrialization Strategy is available on the city website at www.allentownpa.gov.
A consultant team assembled by Camoin Associates of Saratoga Springs, New York has provided the city with economic base analysis, program development, and physical planning.