Christopher Shaw, Author at Cityplace

City Center Residential Announces Plans to Develop Apartment Community at 9th and Hamilton Streets

City Center Residential today announced plans to develop a 120-unit apartment building at 9th and Hamilton streets and a 78-unit addition to that building at 9th and Maple streets in downtown Allentown. The Allentown Planning Commission approved the project today.

City Center is converting the nine-story former Holiday Inn, the contents of which it donated to local nonprofits, into a residential tower known as Cityplace. Cityplace will be the company’s tallest residential building. An addition to the building’s south side will contain 78 additional apartments surrounding a courtyard. Cityplace will offer studio, one-bedroom and two apartments.

Cityplace’s design finishes and amenities will parallel the high-quality features City Center Residential properties are known for, but the building’s rental rates will be lower. Some of the unique features included in the adaptive reuse complex include:

  • Exposed concrete ceilings in the north tower.
  • Wood-plank luxury vinyl tile flooring throughout.
  • Ultra large windows with stunning city and mountain views.
  • More creative industrial feel than City Center Residential’s other properties.

The first floor will contain more than 20,000 square feet of office, retail and amenity space. Cityplace will also feature retail frontage on Hamilton Street and additional space on 9th Street. Residents will have direct access to the parking deck off Maple Street behind the building.

“Cityplace is our answer to those who want to live comfortably in a cool, urban setting and enjoy great amenities but at a lower price point,” said Zachary Sienicki, vice president of City Center Residential. “Cityplace will feel almost like a modern boutique hotel, offering a neat lobby, a resident lounge, a fitness center and attractive Juliet balconies along Hamilton Street.”

Construction at Cityplace is underway with move-ins planned to begin in the tower in early 2020 and in the addition in the fall of 2020. Follow the project at or on Facebook and Instagram at @CityplaceAllentown.

City Center Residential is currently preleasing 95 apartments in phase one of Center Square Lofts at 8th and Walnut streets, which will begin welcoming residents in September of 2019.

To learn more about Center Square Lofts or join the preleasing list for Cityplace you can also call the City Center Residential Central Leasing Office on 610.841.2489.

City Center Residential’s existing communities in downtown Allentown include STRATA West, STRATA East, STRATA Symphony, 520 Lofts and Walnut Street Commons. The 437 apartments among those five buildings have been leased. Learn more about each of City Center’s residential communities in downtown Allentown at

City Center Investment Corp. Commissions Three Murals for Downtown Allentown’s ArtsWalk

City Center Investment Corp., the real estate development company revitalizing downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, announced today it has commissioned three murals for Allentown’s ArtsWalk. Painted this spring by world-renowned artists from around the country, the murals will adorn outside walls of the historic Sovereign building, the Linden Parking Deck and the STRATA Annex building.

The first muralist, Miami-based Ernesto Maranje, began his work on the rear corner of the Sovereign building at 609 Hamilton Street on April 22. Maranje, a master painter, illustrator and muralist of animals, will spray-paint a large-scale red-tailed hawk on the wall overlooking the ArtsWalk pocket park. With an extensive worldwide collection, Maranje paints colorful, whimsical works that remind viewers of their connection to nature. The red-tailed hawk was chosen for Allentown to symbolize the tenacity and freedom of the region. The 50-foot by 50-foot mural will be completed in approximately two weeks.

A second mural, created by Brooklyn artist ELLE, is slated to begin at the end of May on the rear of the parking deck at 612 Linden Street, facing the ArtsWalk. ELLE’s mural, which is in the final design stages, will feature a strong woman representing the future, and made through the combination of history, mythology, various ethnicities, contemporary ideas and more. The mural is meant to show the perseverance and power of women. Although ELLE began as an illegal graffiti artist in New York, she is now considered one of the world’s top touring street artists and has worked with brands Reebok, IKEA, Smart Car and many more. ELLE was selected because of her recognized style of collaging images of people with various ethnicities. Her 60-foot-tall by 30-foot-wide spray-painted mural will also take roughly two weeks to produce.

The third mural is planned for the STRATA Annex building across the ArtsWalk from The Downtown Allentown Market, which is scheduled to open in the fall. Collaborative mural and street-art team NS/CB of Miami will begin their botanical-themed mural June 15.

“City Center is excited to introduce more public art in downtown Allentown,” said City Center Vice President of Project Design and Corporate Branding Jane Heft, who coordinated the project. “We hope it will inspire the community and become a source of pride for those who live and work here. The ArtsWalk will be alive with new beauty this summer.”

The muralists were curated by Dripped On Productions of New York City, an art production company specializing in murals and street art for developments, events and businesses, such as MasterCard, Pabst Blue Ribbon and ArtsQuest. The company’s CEO and cofounder, Denton Burrows, earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Lehigh University.

“Dripped On Productions has set its sights on Allentown in partnership with City Center to beautify and transform major parts of downtown Allentown with professionally executed murals and works to brighten, beautify and inspire a historical and diverse city,” Burrows said.

Allentown’s pedestrian-only ArtsWalk begins on Seventh Street across from the PPL Center and runs east past the STRATA West and East residential buildings to Sixth Street. It continues along both sides of Miller Symphony Hall and through the Arts Park to end at the Allentown Art Museum on Fifth Street.

City Center Investment Corp. previously commissioned two large-scale murals in downtown Allentown. In 2016, Amber Art and Design of Philadelphia installed a colorful stylized sunrise on the southwest corner of the Linden Parking Deck, facing the ArtsWalk, and in 2018, muralist Matt Halm created a seven-story mural inside a glass-enclosed stairwell in 520 Lofts, City Center’s residential building at 520 Hamilton Street.

City Center Reveals First Four Merchants For Future Downtown Allentown Market

City Center Investment Corp., the real estate development company revitalizing downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, today revealed the first four merchants for its Downtown Allentown Market, which will open on the ArtsWalk in the early fall of 2019.

The lineup includes three local merchants of ethnic cuisine who have other locations and one microcreamery startup. They are:

  • Shinsen, a sushi/poke bowl concept from the owners of Asian Bistros II in Bethlehem. 
  • Zahra, a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean concept from the family who has owned Aladdin restaurant in Allentown since 1981.
  • Batch Microcreamery, a startup offering made-from-scratch premium ice cream that will be handcrafted onsite with fresh, quality ingredients.
  • Little Miss Korea, an authentic, fresh Korean bowl concept with a one-year-old location in the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market.

“City Center is so excited to bring this project to life, and we’re starting off strong with our first four merchants,” said City Center’s Retail Leasing and Activation Manager Natalia Stezenko. “We’re in negotiations now for the five remaining merchant bays and can’t wait to share those concepts with the public this summer.”

The Downtown Allentown Market will be located on the ArtsWalk in a 12,000-square-foot space. It will feature nine bays for local and regional food merchants offering high-quality, fast-casual food and drink, such as baked goods and coffee, soups and salads, sandwiches, craft beer or wine, to name a few. The Downtown Allentown Market will provide ample indoor seating and flexible space for events, programming and pop-up shops. Regional muralists will bring unique local flavor to the walls, and large-scale windows will connect seamlessly to outdoor seating along the ArtsWalk.

City Center hired two firms that helped launch The Bourse food hall in Philadelphia to create The Downtown Allentown Market: Groundswell Design Group, a design firm specializing in place-making, public space activation and hospitality projects, and Cana Development, a commercial real estate development and brokerage firm that delivers mixed-use urban redevelopment projects with a focus on retail, hospitality and entertainment.
Customers can sign up for The Downtown Allentown Market newsletter and learn more at and follow the project on Facebook and Instagram at @DowntownAllentownMarket and #DAMThatsTasty.

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Wendy Strohl
Wendy Strohl
00:12 21 Sep 23
It’s so beautiful such a great option to live, and Katie was a great tour guide!
Monique burton
Monique burton
19:52 14 Sep 23
On September 13th, the management of CityPlace threw the Best Residential Social Hour. The Hosts, Sabrina, Hailey, Katie and Tara were outstanding in socializing and making sure everyone one was enjoying themselves! These women take Pride and Initiative in all the Events they host ie: Crowd participation, serving, and Networking!! I have been here for 3 years and I will be here for the duration. I am Proud to be an Ambassador for City Place where they have an amazing management team!!!!! Go City Place We Rock!!!!
22:57 17 Aug 23
The entire staff worked with me to find the right place, all while being incredibly professional and kind. Im looking forward to utilizing the gyms, dog park and the beautiful outdoor open spaces. My absolute favorite is the rooftop deck!!I am looking forward to becoming a part of the communty at Cityplace :)
Lavette Joyner
Lavette Joyner
18:53 05 May 23
I rent at The Gallery and so far it’s amazing! I haven’t been here a month yet , but I’m loving the building and the amenities that come with and also the leasing staff. The owner put alot into this place and I appreciate the decor and everything that comes with especially the WiFi!
Jalen Rosario
Jalen Rosario
14:11 24 Feb 23
Lived here for 3 years now. Clean, quiet place to live with so much to do in and outside of the building. Love being in walking distance to so much as well. It’s the perfect spot!
Jacqueline Garcia
Jacqueline Garcia
18:11 19 Jan 23
I've been a tenant at Cityplace since day one opening. The leasing team has been EXCELLENT with their customer service, attentive and just super caring. They treat us well - monthly free bagel, events, goodie bags, give aways. I've referred 3 people here so far and non of them regret it! 10/10 MOVE HERE!
Simon Harris
Simon Harris
23:59 12 Dec 22
I really don’t understand some of the other bad reviews. I’ve been here for a month now and I absolutely love it. The apartments are nice and modern. I got an apartment with new stainless steel appliances which was great. I love being in the kitchen. The amenities are amazing. I love the 2 gyms they have at CityPlace. I am able to cancel my gym membership now since I don’t even have to go outside for a good workout. The courtyard and outside main area are perfect. They have a nice little dog park for your furry friends. They have nice grills and fire pits outside for a nice setting. I love that I don’t always have to be in my apartment since they have nice spots you can enjoy. And of course the game room they have is a nice touch. Perfect time to hang out with family and friends and as well as the lounge. They keep this place clean which I love. I walk through the main lobby area and always see someone cleaning which makes me happy. The pricing for these apartments are reasonable too. For all that you get with the these apartments if you put them in any other major location especially in New York they would be at least double or even triple the price. If you’re in the area and looking for a place give them a try. And tell them Simon sent you.
Cayden Wisner
Cayden Wisner
22:48 09 Jun 22
Really enjoyable place to live. Great amenities and enjoyable simplicity.
Brian Hunberger
Brian Hunberger
15:43 14 Mar 22
Getting ready to start my 2nd year at Cityplace South Love my apartment and few other tenants I've met There have been a few issues and management has resolved them fast looking forward to another year
16:36 16 Dec 21
Moved in a few months ago and love this place. I don't understand some of the other poor reviews.I highly recommend taking a tour of the place if you ever are looking for a place downtown.The Nines is super modern, very clean, and super convenient. Everyone has been super friendly and I think this place deserves a 5 star rating. Give it a tour if interested!
Sam Stanish
Sam Stanish
22:43 29 Nov 21
My boyfriend and I really enjoy living here. The tenants & staff are all super friendly. I live in The Nines, which I believe is one of the cheaper apartments. But I think for this area, what you get is amazing for the price. It can be scary walking home at night, (our garage is in the process of being built so it’s a 3 block walk right now) but once I reach the doors I feel extremely safe in my apartment building. The area is close to The Arts Walk, which has events and music pretty often, which is fun to walk to/around when bored. We only planned on living here for a year, but are considering staying longer because we enjoy it so much.
Hiram Gonzalez
Hiram Gonzalez
17:41 10 May 21
At the time of writing this review it is a 2.7 star average. I do not understand how is that the case, the building is excellent, the staff is extremely professional and friendly and I literally feel like I am in a hotel. I still don't believe that I live here. It's a well deserved 5 star review.
Better Life With Bry
Better Life With Bry
13:06 01 Jul 20
I’m excited to be the first review! I pre leased my studio apartment and just toured it yesterday! I was a little nervous about what to expect but everything turned out to be everything I expected and more! It was way better and bigger In person!! I fell in love with my studio right away! I love the 2 huge windows that overlook Hamilton Street and the fact that everything is brand new!! The kitchen is a perfect size and I just love the layout! The apartment theme decor is so cool and brings a unique city charm! The management and staff team is extraordinary and was super nice and professional! I’m also extremely excited about the phase two apartments being built next door because it includes all the amenities that we would also have access too!! I can tell the construction team is working really hard to get things done on time because everything looks amazing! Honestly, I loved everything about my experience and city place! I’m super excited about moving in!!! Definitely best choice I made so far! Would definitely recommend!!❤️❤️👍👍🤗🤗