ALLENTOWN, Pa. - After just over a year of construction the first part of Cityplace, City Center Allentown's newest offering, is open.

"It's nine floors, we have 120 apartments. They're studios and one bedrooms," said City Center Community Manager Robert Fox. 

City Center re-purposed the former Holiday Inn on 9th and Hamilton streets in downtown Allentown.

"We basically took two hotel rooms and made them into one-bedroom apartments," Fox said.

Margie Aponte moved in last week from Bethlehem. She says moving during a pandemic isn't as stressful as you would imagine.

"Not for me, I go with whatever needs to be done that's it," she said. "I love it and all the chaos on that day I felt like I was in college."

The pandemic hasn't slowed down the apartment market for City Center. They say 90% of the building is already leased, which might have to do with these being the most affordable apartments they've offered to date.

"Studios starting at $750, one bedrooms at $950," Fox said. "I really like the exposed sprinkler pipes, the electrical conduit. We have concrete ceilings as well."

A 4-story addition with over 60 more apartments will be completed in the spring.

"Mostly studios and one bedrooms. I believe there are a handful of two bedrooms," Fox said.

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