Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development
BUILD FY 2019 – Discretionary Grants
US BUILD GRANT 2019 APPLICATION
PROJECT SUPPORT LETTERS
SEPTEMBER 11TH NATIONAL MEMORIAL TRAIL
SUPPORTING PLANS AND STUDIES
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Plans and Studies
City of Allentown Plans and Studies
The City of Allentown’s Re-Industrialization Plan outlines a demonstrable strategy to create economic competitiveness and align job creating goals to the skill sets of the city’s workforce. This occurs through the leveraging of existing and new resources, like infrastructure, to encourage reinvestment in the low-income neighborhoods. The plan addresses five of the six HUD Livability Principles: encouraging mode shift, transportation choice, and the physical infrastructure necessary to support re-industrialization; building on the area’s existing economic strength to become more competitive; supporting the existing low-income community through job creation aligned with educational attainment and experience; leveraging federal policies through reuse and revitalization of the existing economy and infrastructure; and valuing the communities and neighborhoods in the City’s industrial districts by avoiding displacement and by reusing sites not occupied by residences.
Click here for the City of Allentown Re-Industrialization Plan.
Envision Lehigh Valley
The Lehigh Valley received a $3.4 million HUD Sustainable Communities Planning Grant in 2011. Using the award monies, a broadly represented regional consortium, called Envision Lehigh Valley, worked continuously from 2011 to 2015 to develop a strategic implementation plan with a specific focus on quality of life improvements related to land use, transportation and economic development. The final result included 21 plans and projects focused on four interrelated themes: economy, environment, transportation and livable communities. Several important Envision Lehigh Valley plans support the Riverside Drive Multimodal Revitalization Corridor Project.
Click here to learn about the entire Envision Lehigh Valley effort.
Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority Plans and Studies
LANta created a Transit Supportive Land Use Plan for the Lehigh Valley, also a part of Envision Lehigh Valley. This plan targets services, sidewalks, site planning and centers as four vital components of transit friendly development. Municipalities play an important role in transit-friendly development by encouraging the density appropriate for desired service levels. An area’s population and employment densities help determine the placement or intensity of bus service and route type. The Riverside Drive Multimodal Revitalization Corridor pursues transportation equity in its development decision-making by comprehensively considers the need for walking, biking and transit.
Click here for the Transit Supportive Land Use Plan.
Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation Plans and Studies
The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) supported the specific work of the Re-Industrialization Plan in A Blueprint for Success: An Economic Development Strategy for Sustainable Growth in the Lehigh Valley, the agency’s region-wide exploration on strategies to attract and retain companies, build a talented workforce and support new investment. The City of Allentown’s and LVEDC’s efforts now provide the region a blueprint to expand the talent pipeline and cultivate a highly skilled workforce. Their efforts intend to leverage the region’s many assets to attract the high quality jobs to the entire Riverside Drive Multimodal Revitalization Corridor project area that will increase economic opportunities for all residents, consistent with multiple HUD Livability Principles.
Click here for A Blueprint for Success: An Economic Development Strategy for Sustainable Growth in the Lehigh Valley
THE WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND RAILROAD ACQUISITION DOCUMENTATION
RAILROAD ACQUISITION DOCUMENTATION
Conceptual rendering of the proposed Plaza
Blighted structure within the project site
Aerial view of project site and the City of Allentown
View along the Delaware and Lehigh Trail
Aerial view of intersection of Hamilton and Front Streets
View of the project site
View of the project site along the Lehigh River looking south
Conceptual rendering of the proposed Riverwalk
View of Tilghman Street Bridge
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