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Easton's Simon Silk Mill to host film festival

EASTON, Pa. - The City of Easton is set to show off improvements at the Simon Silk Mill.

The Simon Silk Mill was purchased in 2006 by the city. Since that time, Easton and the Easton Redevelopment Authority have been working to bring some life back into the building. 

The Redevelopment Authority met Wednesday night, where a report was given by Executive Director Gretchen Longenbach about the current updates with the mill.

To clean up and repair the mill, the city is working to seal the doors and also board up open space.  Doors that are accessible for entrance are being re-secured with heavy duty locks.

The Public Works Department, ERA, and Easton's Police Department are all working to begin a security plan for the Silk Mill site.

Further developments have been coming along, such as further progress to finalize the land development plan for site infrastructure and a traffic study and comments from PennDOT have been completed. 

The City is still waiting for approvals from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. 

Movies at the Mill, a film festival that is housed in the Mill, planning committees are continuing to meet and plan the event. The city has been working to bring attention to the redevelopment. A community arts center, artist live work facility, conference center and some retail, offices and restaurants were some of the possibilities for redevelopments.

This is the fourth year the City of Easton has held Movies at the Mill. This year, the event will be held on September 22. Submissions are currently being taken for films to appear in the festival. 

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