The Waterfront, Allentown

This former industrial brownfield site will be redeveloped with a mix of office, retail, restaurant, and residential uses. The mixed-use program of 1,029,000 sf is organized by new roadways and public spaces extending along the site’s half-mile length of Lehigh River frontage and emphasizes public park space and new street infrastructure.

The plan realizes the city’s long-range plan for an extended riverfront development district. A continuous pedestrian path follows the river’s edge and links to adjacent neighborhoods. The master plan includes architectural design criteria that encourage street-front retail and coordinate design through an owner association review process.

Structured parking is designed to be efficient and economical, while screened from view by residential apartment development along the street. The first phase of development is underway with Cope Linder Architect’s design for 615 Waterfront Drive, a 160,000-sf eight-story office and retail building with terraces overlooking the river.

Owner / Client: Waterfront Redevelopment Partners, LPJaindl Properties, Dunn Twiggar Company, and Michael Dunn Company