The City of Easton will begin a $20 million project that is expected to bring visitors and jobs into their downtown. The city is building an intermodal transportation center which will include a parking garage (350 cars), a commercial complex and the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum. It is hoped the project will be completed by the end of 2012.
Demolition of the former Perkins Restaurant and the Majestic Theater will make way for the new project. The city (Parking Authority) secured $8 million in state and federal grants along with floating a $12 million bond to pay for the project.
Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA), Greyhound Bus Lines and Trans-Bridge Bus Lines will be making their homes at the new transportation center.
A restaurant is also planned for the space which would be a great benefit for travelers and visitors to the museum.
We applaud Easton for their creativity. Easton is the smallest of the three Lehigh Valley cities with a population of 26,000 and is the county seat of Northampton County. The National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum will join the Crayola Museum and the National Canal Museum as Easton’s third major downtown museum.