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Five City Center renamed SVN Square, details for second building released

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The Allentown Planning Commission has officially approved changes to the second phase of the downtown Five City Center Innovation Campus, which has also now been renamed as SVN Square. (Contributed)
The Allentown Planning Commission has officially approved changes to the second phase of the downtown Five City Center Innovation Campus, which has also now been renamed as SVN Square. (Contributed)

The Allentown Planning Commission has officially approved changes to the second phase of the downtown Five City Center Innovation Campus, which has also now been renamed as SVN Square.

The name is meant to be pronounced like “seven” because the project takes much of downtown Allentown’s 700th block.

The changes, which include a seven-story 217-unit residential building at Seventh and Walnut streets, replace an event space that had originally been planned for the project.

This building will be known as SVN Square at Seventh and Walnut.

In addition to the new rental units, there will be a 233-space underground garage off Walnut Street, a 6,000-square-foot public plaza and a five-level glass pedestrian bridge overlooking center square that will connect to the Eighth and Walnut street building that has been referred to as Five City Center up until this point.

The added residential units will bring the total number of apartments owned by City Center Investment Corp. to 749.

The residential units 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.

Other highlights of the project include coworking space, a movie screening room and a toddler playroom.

There will also be a rooftop deck, an elevated outdoor pool and a fitness center.

The amenities will be shared with SVN at Square Eighth and Walnut Streets, which is currently under construction.

Construction on the Seventh and Walnut building is expected to begin in April and will continue for 16 months, with move-ins expected in the summer of 2020.

The $53 million project is being designed by JDavis Architects of Philadelphia.

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