Whitehall, Coplay, Catasauqua review CRIZ application
Several municipalities in Lehigh County are hoping teamwork nets them a break from Pennsylvania.
Officials from Whitehall Township, Coplay and Catasauqua met Thursday morning to review their application for the municipal City Revitalization and Improvement Zone, or CRIZ.
It's a special tax zone awarded by the state to promote development. Municipal officials said the money would be used to redevelop Thomas Ironworks, the Dent Hardware Facility and two waterfront properties that border Allentown, just to name a few.
State officials will award the CRIZ to a single municipality in Pennsylvania, but officials hope their joint application will be recognized.
"We think the combined exposure is the important part of this whole thing," said Howard Lieberman, Whitehall Township Industrial and Commercial Development Authority. "Making people aware that there are Brownfield properties and underutilized properties in all three boroughs and we are working together so projects done in one area is going to impact the other areas."
Lieberman said if the municipalities are disqualified for applying together, maybe it will prompt lawmakers to look at amending the requirements in the future.
The state will also award CRIZ's to two Pennsylvania cities. Bethlehem and Reading are in the running for that.
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