Reading considering proposals for Penn Square facelift

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READING, Pa. - Change may finally be on the way to an iconic part of downtown Reading.

After years of trying, officials say they'll soon begin reviewing two different proposals to revamp Penn Square.

“This is the heart of the downtown. It's the identifiable center of the city of Reading,” said Glenn Steckman, Reading Managing Director.

And, after years of holding out hope, a facelift for the area could be coming soon.

Two developers have submitted proposals with what they've dreamed up for five city-owned properties in the 400 block of Penn Street.

Over the next two weeks, a committee of three city officials will mull over redevelopment proposals before making a recommendation to City Council.

“The city, the administration is very excited to see what these proposals are. I mean we've heard a number of ideas from all different groups,” said Steckman, adding, “The intention is to meet with each of the groups with their proposal and discuss them with them in-depth.”

Earlier this year, council voted to end an agreement with the Our City Reading organization and took it upon themselves to develop the area.

“People will be able to see the bid packages. It's all going to be very transparent,” assured Steckman. 


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