With all eyes trained on the planned renewal of downtown Allentown, the city’s theater district is taking back a little of the spotlight.
The city announced plans in July for a $3 million face-lift in the West End that will bring brick-lined sidewalks, ornamental streetlights and repainted traffic signals to the art district.
Work on the new streetscape is scheduled to begin at the end of April, Mayor Ed Pawlowski said at a news conference Wednesday at the Civic Theatre. The city will put out bids for a construction company in the coming weeks, he said.
“We have the opportunity to really transform the western gateway into the city,” Pawlowski said, adding it’s the first significant investment to the neighborhood in decades.