DOWNTOWN ALLENTOWN’S REVIVAL FEATURED ON “The Browne Report”

Highlights of Center City Allentown’s continuing revitalization is the focus of this month’s “The Browne Report” television show, hosted by Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne.

Over the course of two episodes, Senator Browne visits several locations in downtown Allentown, showing viewers the city’s revitalization efforts of historic structures, new state–of-the-art buildings and living accommodations, which are all making the city a more attractive place to live, work, and play. Five years ago, Downtown Allentown was the subject of a previous “The Browne Report” episode. The transformation that has taken place with the city’s urban core since that episode aired is evident during the new downtown tour. 

During the first episode, viewers are introduced to several of Allentown’s historic treasures, including the Americus Hotel, Vault 643 and Zions Reformed United Church of Christ. Discussions center on the renovation and repurposing initiatives for these structures and how they have played an integral role in the revitalization of the Hamilton corridor. Senator Browne ends the first installment by speaking on center ice at the PPL Center with General Manager Gunnar Fox. Gunnar talks about the success the venue has had since its opening, its role in the community and the exciting future planned for the venue.

The second episode highlights the new living accommodations, local businesses, restaurants, and amenities to be found in Downtown Allentown. Senator Browne discusses the many new and exciting opportunities downtown has to offer with J.B. Reilly, President and CEO of City Center Allentown, and Steve Bamford, Executive Director of the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority. The Arts Walk, Strata West Apartments, Assembly 88 and Queen City BBQ are additional stops on this part of the tour.

“After only a few short years, the transformation of the downtown Allentown area has been nothing short of extraordinary,” Browne said. “For the first time in decades, we are seeing a dramatic transformation of our city’s urban core into a place where people want to live, work and play. I am pleased to be able to provide viewers with a behind the scenes look at Allentown’s progress and a glimpse of what is still to come.”

Part two of “The Browne Report’s” Allentown Revitalization Tour can be seen locally on Blue Ridge Communications, Channel 13; and, Service Electric Cable, Channel 50. Check your local listings for air times and dates.

The show, as well as part one of the Allentown revitalization tour, is available on Senator Browne’s website at www.senatorbrowne.com.

Contact:            Matt Szuchyt     (610) 821-8468