STUDIOS completed a master plan of the City Center Lehigh Valley properties in the heart of downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania. The master plan includes an office tower, a residential tower, a world-class event center, and a one‑acre park. The overall site strategy draws from the surrounding fabric, extends the existing pedestrian circulation, and maximizes views from the surrounding valley. The plan responds to the needs of the neighborhood while introducing new elements to enhance how people live, work, and play in Center City.
Following completion of the master plan, STUDIOS was contracted by City Center Lehigh Valley to begin work on the first phase of the project. Phase I sits at the southeast corner of the site and its L-shaped form anchors the corner of the development while sheltering the park on the interior. It includes a 12‑story, 185,000‑square‑foot, 150-unit residential tower; a 10,000‑square‑foot, 1,400‑person event center; and 150‑car parking structure. STUDIOS has developed multiple massing strategies to determine the character of the residential tower as well as the optimal positioning of the event center in relation to the park and residential units.
Phase II and Phase III are anticipated to include a six-level parking garage with a six‑story residential tower above and approximately a 400,000‑square‑foot office tower.