Are you "in the zone?"
Some business in Allentown are, whether they like it or not.
A new tax zone called a"Neighborhood Improvement Zone" is helping to pay for the soon-to-be-built hockey arena.
Businesses have been told to get on board or face a fine, but what's in it for them?
"I'm uneasy because it's new, and not everybody knows what's going on, but yet they want to fine us 10 percent if we don't comply," said Steve Knauss, who owns Knauss and Sons Locksmiths with his brother, Dan.
The family-owned business is one of 132 within the NIZ, a 125 acre zone that focuses mainly on the area surrounding the new hockey arena.
But in some cases, businesses like the Allentown Brew Works share space with the Keystone Opportunity Zone.
City officials said the first floor of the Brew Works is in the tax-free KOZ, but some of the upper floors are in the NIZ.
All the tax revenue from the NIZ is sent back to the city to pay for the soon-to-be-built arena and other related economic development projects within the zone.
City officials said that will benefit NIZ businesses two fold with things like infrastructure improvements and low-interest or no-interest loans to NIZ businesses.
"Some of those same dollars that they paid in to their regular state and tax liability to do their own economic development projects," said Marc Feller, NIZ consultant.
"That's great if it's going to increase business and help people maybe put a new façade," said Knauss.
This is the first NIZ in the state, so there are a lot of questions to be ironed out before the January 30 reporting date.
City offcials said other municipalities are watching to see how it works.