City Center’s Tower 6 Office Building to Open in Downtown Allentown
By Colin McEvoy on April 27, 2018
Located at Sixth and Hamilton streets, the 12-floor Tower 6 is in the final stages of construction and will officially open on Thursday, May 3, according to City Center President J.B. Reilly.
“The commitments of leading companies like Avantor, Merrill Lynch, and Talen to Tower 6 validate what has happened here over the last few years,” Reilly said. “Downtown Allentown has become a regional center of excellence for Lehigh Valley companies in science and technology, financial services, energy production and more, as well as a true urban live-work environment.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for Tower 6 on May 3 at 4:30 p.m.
Tower 6 will also host the upcoming Brokers & Developers Council event organized by the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). That May 31 event will feature a panel of experts, including Reilly, discussing the changing urban landscape in the Lehigh Valley’s cities and the factors that are attracting companies to downtown locations.
“Tower 6 is just another example of the continuing renaissance we are experiencing in the downtowns across the region, driving the birth of a New Lehigh Valley,” said Don Cunningham, President & CEO of LVEDC. “The rejuvenation of downtown Allentown will ultimately benefit the entire region, because when the urban core of the largest municipality improves, it leads to job creation and improved quality-of-life throughout the Lehigh Valley.”
The LVEDC Brokers & Developers Council event will be held Thursday, May 31, starting at 4 p.m. on the 10th floor of Tower 6. Visit here for more information or to register.
Tower 6 will consist of more than 142,000 square feet of Class A office space and high-quality first-floor retail. Constructed of steel and glass, Tower 6 stands 180 feet tall, offering active street views from floors 2 through 5 and 360-degree views from floors 6 through 12.
Less than 10,000 square feet of leasable space remain available in Tower 6. Tenants already announced include Avantor, Talen Energy Corp., Merrill Lynch, CAPTRUST, CrossAmerica Partners, ESSA Bank & Trust, fedRFP, and NJR Energy Services.
Avantor is a specialty chemical company shifting its Lehigh Valley corporate office from Center Valley to one floor of Tower 6. Avantor CEO Michael Stubblefield called the move an “exciting step” for the company.
“We look forward to contributing to the transformation of downtown Allentown, while continuing our commitment to the Lehigh Valley community,” Stubblefield said. “It’s a smart move for our business that we are confident will create new opportunities as we develop a dynamic, contemporary workspace in the heart of this growing commercial and cultural area.”
The Tower 6 space can be leased in its entirety or divided to as small as 2,500 square feet, making it suitable for companies sized at five to 100 employees. Occupants and visitors will park in the new Community Deck on Sixth and Walnut streets.
“Businesses that choose to lease space in Tower 6 will enjoy many benefits, from the prestige of having space in a brand-new building to the business development opportunities in downtown Allentown, where a highly collaborative business culture has emerged,” said Jill Wheeler, City Center Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Tower 6 offers a stylish professional environment for growing your business and attracting and retaining the next generation of talent.”
With Allentown’s new arena, PPL Center, at its core, City Center includes more than 1.4 million square feet among four Class A office towers, the Renaissance Allentown Hotel, STRATA Flats, The Shops at City Center, upscale restaurant space and a coworking space called Velocity.
City Center’s total investment in downtown Allentown is $425 million, with an additional $500 million in development of office, residential, retail, and green space underway. In 2017, the Downtown Allentown Revitalization District was honored with a Global Award of Excellence by the Urban Land Institute.
Spillman Farmer Architects was the architect for Tower 6, and Serfass Construction was the construction manager. For more information about Class A office space at City Center, including in Tower 6, contact Jarrett Laubach at [email protected].
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