Gov. Wolf Building, Simon Silk Mill Among 15 Easton Properties Getting Boost From State

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English: Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fifteen Easton properties, including the Gov. Wolf Building and Simon Silk Mill, are among those approved for state tax incentives aimed at getting the properties redeveloped, officials announced this afternoon.

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. said the properties have been granted Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone status, meaning they’d be exempt from state and local taxes for a decade.

In addition to the Easton properties, the long-abandoned Dixie Cup factory in Wilson Borough also qualified for the status, the LVEDC says in a news release.

The designation marks a significant victory for local officials and developers who have been trying to get new, and in some cases ambitious, projects off the ground.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/index.ssf/2013/12/governor_wolf_buiding_simon_si.html

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Easton Inks First Lease For Proposed Intermodal Project

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English: Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At least one tenant for Easton’s proposed intermodal center is signed for what passes for perpetuity these days — 99 years.

City Council approved a master lease Wednesday night for the yet-to-be-built intermodal, inking the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority to a long-term deal in return for an upfront payment of $7.2 million. The lease with LANTA is through the city’s parking authority, which in turn will operate the 370-space parking deck and bus terminal portion of the project.

LANTA’s cash payment, derived from a federal transportation grant, is a major source of funding for the $26 million intermodal. Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. hopes to couple the LANTA money with grants obtained by the city to cut the amount the city must borrow to no more than $13 million.

Site work for the project started last year after the city demolished a Perkins restaurant and a movie theater on S. Third St. Construction could begin this summer.

Read more:  http://www.mcall.com/news/local/easton/mc-easton-council-approved-bus-terminal-lease-20130227,0,4743558.story

Easton Farmers Market Booming A Decade After Hitting Bottom

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Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Easton, PA – On any given Saturday from May to November, you can race zucchini, chow on hot peppers and glory in the goodness of the tomato at the Easton Farmers Market.

This year the 260-year-old market boasts 45 vendors, 20 more on a waiting list and will draw more than 50,000 people into the city’s Centre Square. It’s hard to imagine that 10 years ago its lone vendor, Gloria Raub, passed away and almost took the market with her.

“When Raub died,” said state Rep. Bob Freeman D-Northampton. “I was deeply concerned that the market would just disappear.”

Instead of vanishing, the market bloomed as its backers found the right niche and a formula that attracted producers and consumers back to Centre Square – it also didn’t hurt that a movement toward localiy-grown food gained momentum at the same time.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/easton/mc-easton-farmers-market-260th-year-20120503,0,34342.story