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Construction firm snaps up six homes in bid to restore historic Allentown section

This Cityline Constructionowned home at 325 N. 10th St. in Allentown has been renovated and leased. - (Photo / Jennifer Glose)

Downtown Allentown’s core is not the only spot in the city experiencing urban renewal with new residential units.

Downtown Allentown’s core is not the only spot in the city experiencing urban renewal with new residential units.

A few blocks outside center city, Cityline Construction of Allentown is redeveloping six historic properties in the Old Allentown Historic District by renovating them into apartments.

Most of the properties are Federal-style townhouses, built around the 1880s, that have sat vacant. Cityline bought the properties for a total of about $250,000 and plans to do about $150,000 total in renovation work on them, said Tom Williams Jr., director of real estate for Cityline.

“By investing in the neighborhood, we want to help restore and maintain Allentown’s oldest and most historic neighborhood, which is a vital stepping stone in the redevelopment of Allentown,” Williams said. “The overall goal is to start to re-establishing one of Allentown’s oldest neighborhoods.”

The properties are 223 N. Ninth St., which is under renovation; 409 N. Ninth St.; 234 N. 10th St., which is undergoing interior and exterior updates; 309 N. 10th St., 1142 Turner St.; and 325 N. 10th St., which is completed and leased.

The neighborhood offers historic character and urban amenities in close proximity, Williams said.

Rent starts at $700 per month for a one-bedroom unit to $1,050 for a three-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot-home. Some of the properties include fenced yards and off-street parking with a garage.

Most of the homes were vacant at the time of purchase; the remaining had tenants that Cityline retained, Williams said.

“We tried to keep old historic elements in the homes, including custom built-in cabinetry, while adding more modern conveniences like updated kitchens and bathrooms,” Williams said.

“On the exterior, we are trying to maintain the look and feel of the neighborhood by using conforming colors and finishes.”

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.

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