To capitalize on their growing presence in the downtown Allentown revitalization, the Lehigh Valley’s electrical union will move to a new home in the center of the city.
Local Union 375 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said it will move from its 20,000-square-foot-facility at 1201 W. Liberty St. in Allentown to a property it bought at 101 S. Seventh St.
IBEW Local No. 375 bought the site for $2.1 million, according to Lehigh County property records.
The new site is a 30,000-square-foot office building at Seventh and Walnut streets, one block from PPL Center, said Cindy Feinberg, co-owner of Feinberg Real Estate Advisors LLC in South Whitehall Township.
Feinberg represented the buyer and Joseph Genay of Sperry Van Ness Imperial Realty in South Whitehall Township represented the seller, S&S Singh Partners, in the transaction, she said.
“They purchased this as their new property for all aspects of their business, with the electricians working on many of the redevelopment projects in Allentown, it was very timely for that property to be available,” Feinberg said.
The building was occupied by a state agency that moved to 555 Union Blvd. in Allentown, she said.
IBEW will use the new building for a business center and apprenticeship programs, and it will include administrative offices and a union hall.
Gregg Feinberg of Feinberg Law Office provided legal services for the purchase, financing, title insurance and closing of the property.
Paul Anthony, business manager for IBEW Local No. 375, said in a statement that Cindy Feinberg helped the union evaluate more than 22 properties the past three years before finding one that was unanimously approved by union members.