OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe City of Allentown is sprucing up the 19th St. Theater District by finishing the façade projects for any buildings that are located along 19th Street from Liberty Street to Tilghman Street. During a Press Conference outside Civic Theatre’s 514 building on April 12th, Mayor Ed Pawlowski announced that the City of Allentown is committing an initial $50,000 to complete the improvement projects.

“I know that the most visible investments in the city are being made in the downtown with the hockey arena and nearby development, but we are seeing improvements and investments all across the city,” said Pawlowski. “The current 19th Street streetscape project and its subsequent phases represent $3.1 million in investment in the district.” 

The funds will be given in the form of a self-forgiving loan, $15,000 maximum, and requiring a dollar-for-dollar match from the owner.  According to Pawlowski, several businesses have already expressed interest.

 The 19th Street investment represents $1.5 million from the city; $1.5 million in RACP funds from the state and $100,000 from the Allentown Fairgrounds. 

The façade projects will take the opportunity to restore or repair historic and architecturally significant features, enhance lighting, upgrade signage, and in some cases ensure the long-term integrity of the buildings along 19th Street. 

Pawlowski said, “Last year we celebrated our 250th Anniversary. With this effort and our projects like those that I have described going on all across this city, our next 250 years are off to a very productive start.” 

The first phase of the streetscape project is expected to be completed by mid-summer.