Sustainable Development

Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative logoThe Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative (LVLRI), LVEDC’s redevelopment program, is focused on promoting economic development through the reuse of abandoned and underutilized commercial and industrial properties, also known as brownfields. Fostering economic development while protecting human health and the environment is an important element of LVEDC’s efforts to support sustainable development.

Redeveloping an underutilized commercial or industrial site can offer your business radical cost savings and the opportunity to inhabit a unique setting.

LVLRI is an advisory committee comprised of municipal officials from cities, boroughs, and townships in both Lehigh and Northampton counties, as well as brownfield experts, regulatory agency representatives, private developers, engineers, and consultants. LVEDC provides a wide array of services to those interested in the redevelopment of sites.

LVLRI just completed one of its busiest and most successful years in its 19-year history, working on 21 active redevelopment projects in various stages and securing nearly $1 million in federal grant funding for regional development. The program continues to gain national recognition for its track record of accomplishment, having been featured in the National Brownfields Conference in Chicago.

Bell Hall, a new gourment burger restaurant that has opened in the former Schoen’s Furniture Store, is among the projects LVLRI assisted with.

Bell Hall, an Allentown gourmet burger restaurant, is one of LVLRI’s success stories. (Photo courtesy: Jeff Brown)

LVEDC will partner with you to find a site that’s right for your business and guide you through the redevelopment process. LVLRI accomplishes its brownfields redevelopment goals in several ways:

  • Helping site owners and developers identify financial assistance for environmental assessment and remediation work at brownfield sites.
  • Assisting on technical matters such as grant/loan application preparation, environmental work plan preparation, and the completion of buyer/seller agreements.
  • Serving as an intermediary between all the parties involved with a brownfield transaction, allowing for the smooth and efficient redevelopment of brownfield sites.
  • Maintaining an inventory of underutilized commercial/industrial properties throughout the Lehigh Valley.

 

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