Block of Hamilton St in downtown Allentown getting a makeover

New restaurants, companies planned

Author: , Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published: May 10 2013 01:36:33 PM EDT   Updated On: May 10 2013 06:43:35 PM EDT
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Officials in Allentown are lifting the curtain on plans to renovate part of a block in the heart of center city.

The plan could bring new restaurants and other businesses to downtown.

Many remember the Federal Grill -- after five years away, the restaurant will be back.

It's part of a brand new renovation project announced Friday-- a project that promises to transform the 500 block of Hamilton Street.

Artist renderings show the first peek into what's being called the Federal Block Restoration at City Center.

The renovation project -- headed by developer J.B. Reilly -- includes six buildings.

Anchored by the revamped Federal Grill, the block will also be a mix of first floor upscale retail and restaurants, with loft-style office space on the second floor -- aimed at young innovative startup's and tech companies.

The project is expected to bring 100 new jobs into this section of downtown.

It's set to be ready for the opening of the hockey arena and Reilly's other major projects right up the street in the fall of 2014.