The revitalization of downtown Allentown is getting global recognition.
The project is one of 25 international developments selected as finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s 2017 Global Awards for Excellence, one of the land use industry’s most prestigious awards.
According to a press release from the ULI, besides Allentown, this year’s finalists are three in Asia, two in Europe and 19 others from North America.
Allentown was recognized for what ULI referred to as the Downtown Allentown Revitalization District. That includes the PPL Center Arena block and City Center Lehigh Valley development and those associated with the development.
Some of the other nominated projects include the Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China; The Marine Gateway in Vancouver, Canada; the Moderna Lofts in Jersey City, N.J.; and Half Moon Village in Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Steve Bamford, executive director of the Allentown Neighborhood Improve Zone District Authority, which oversees the district, called the recognition great news.
“To be included among these 25 international projects is affirmation that this public private partnership that is the NIZ has created something extraordinary,” Banford said.
“Each of these finalists demonstrates a thoughtful, innovative approach to urban development that is adding to the sustainability and livability of the communities in which they are located,” said Global Awards jury chairman Wendy Rowden in a statement.
The finalists were selected by an international jury made up of ULI members representing a multidisciplinary collection of real estate development expertise, including finance, land planning, development, public affairs, design and other professional services.
A group of winners chosen from the finalists will be announced in October at the 2017 ULI Fall Meeting in Los Angeles.