11) Preserves and protects sensitive floodplain lands and creates storm-water management infrastructure.
12) Assists in the protection of a designated high-water quality stream, the Bushkill Creek, and establishes permanent riparian buffer protections.
13) Connects recreational amenities to housing, commercial and educational resources.
14) Provides public art opportunities.
The total vision
The total redevelopment vision for the property, as posted on the Greater Easton Development Partnership website, is as follows:
-- A community arts center possibly involving gallery space, working artist studios, small live performance venues, classrooms and community meeting rooms, shared production facilities (kilns, pottery wheels, metal-working facilities, etc.), artist demonstration stages, an art film theatre, etc.
-- An artist live-work facility providing affordable joint residential/studio space for qualified artists and their families.
-- A boutique hotel and conference center providing overnight accommodations for visitors.
-- A mix of market-rate retail, commercial, office, restaurants, and production facilities catering to the creative industries.
The VM Group, on its website, said the former silk mill site will become “a tour de force in the museum exhibition and community arts education forum.”