City Center to build new seven-story building in Allentown

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City Center Investment Corp. plans to develop a 217-unit residential building at Seventh and Walnut streets in Allentown.

The project was approved by the Allentown Planning Commission, the company said in a press statement.

The new seven-story building, along with City Center’s future residential building at Eighth and Walnut streets, will be known as SVN Square. It will include a 233-space underground garage off Walnut Street, a 6,000-square-foot public plaza that spills out onto Center Square at Seventh and Hamilton Streets, and a five-level glass pedestrian bridge that overlooks Center Square. It will offer 16,000 square feet of amenity space, including an elevated outdoor pool, a rooftop deck overlooking Center Square, a co-working space, a movie-screening room and a toddler playroom. The amenities will be shared with residents of SVN Square, which will also have a rooftop deck and a co-working space. The buildings will be connected by an enclosed pedestrian bridge spanning Hall Street.

Designed by JDavis Architects, the pet-friendly SVN Square will be comprised of 57 studios, 86 one-bedroom units and 74 two-bedroom units. Fifteen of the units will have lofts and rooftop space, four will be walk-up units along Hall Street and four will be garden-style walk-ups along Seventh Street. The building will also have a fitness center, a courtyard, a resident lounge and a game room.

Construction of SVN Square will begin in April 2019 and require 16 months to complete. Move-ins will begin in the summer of 2020.

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