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City Center starts leasing for $22M apartment building under construction

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City Center Development has started leasing for STRATA Symphony, seen here under construction in a file photo. (Photo by Brian Pedersen)
City Center Development has started leasing for STRATA Symphony, seen here under construction in a file photo. (Photo by Brian Pedersen)

The latest upscale apartment building project in downtown Allentown is nearing completion and already securing tenants, though construction is not expected to be finished until next spring.

City Center Investment Corp., the real estate development company whose major mixed-use development, City Center Allentown, is helping to revitalize the downtown, said it is accepting deposits for units at STRATA Symphony, its upscale 71-unit apartment building under construction at Sixth and Linden streets.

The company has pre-leased 17 units in STRATA Symphony, and several others are in the process. Residents can start moving in Dec. 15.

The entire project should be completed in March. It will join City Center’s 170-unit STRATA West and 67-unit STRATA East, both of which are fully leased and share similar features and amenities.

Designed by WRT Architects of Philadelphia, the $22 million STRATA Symphony will include studio and one- and two-bedroom units, as well as 12 two-story lofts with private rooftop decks.

North Star Construction Management Inc. of Allentown is constructing the building.

The five-story, 147,000-square-foot pet-friendly building will include a resident lounge and an outdoor patio with a fire pit and grill. The building’s residents will have access to the amenities at STRATA East, which include a private dog park, dog wash, theater room and game room, and those at STRATA West, which include a rooftop deck, fitness center, green courtyard and resident lounge with shuffleboard and pool tables.

STRATA Symphony will include a 106-space underground parking garage and two drop-off zones for Allentown arts community patrons. The building will feature one retail storefront and a main entrance at Sixth Street and the ArtsWalk, which City Center is enhancing.

STRATA Symphony’s apartments will range in size from 580 square feet for studio units to 1,300 square feet for two-bedroom units. Rents will be $1,035 to $1,995 per month. The units will feature nine-foot ceilings, oversized windows, quartz kitchen and bathroom counters and other features.

“People really liked the urban setting, and also our amenities are top notch,” said Robert Fox, STRATA community manager. “I really think there’s a continued demand for the urban lifestyle.”

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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