Lehigh Valley

Allentown Rotary fountain receives Lehigh County OK

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Lehigh County Commissioners approved a right-of-way request that will allow for the construction of a new fountain in downtown Allentown.

The commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday for the Allentown Rotary Club to construct the fountain on Lehigh County land, located on the southeast corner of Center Square at Seventh and Hamilton streets. The fountain will consist of a concrete fountain 12 feet in diameter to be located on a space of 20 feet by 22 feet designated by the city as Rotary Plaza.

The fountain will be designed and built by the Rotary Club and then dedicated to Allentown. The city will then assume responsibility for the fountain. The city will also be responsible for utility connections for water and electric.

The city will maintain the fountain, although Rotary Club members are permitted to provide periodic cleaning and light maintenance.

In other news, commissioners heard a brief presentation from Becky Bradley, executive director or the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. The talk included population figures recently derived by a LVPC study, concluding that the Lehigh Valley's population is expected to increase by about 26 percent by 2040.

That percentage would correlate to about 165,000 people. Lehigh County's population is expected to rise by nearly 91,000 people. It currently is home to about 350,000 people, Bradley said.

The top five municipalities projected to experience the largest increases in population are Allentown and Upper Macungie, Upper Saucon, North Whitehall and Whitehall townships.

Bradley also said the county is expected to gain about 65,000 jobs by 2040, a 30 percent increase. The five municipalities expected to see the largest growth in employment are Allentown and Upper Macungie, Whitehall, Lower Macungie and Upper Saucon townships.

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