Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Allentown receives $150,000 to clean up 7th Street

Seventh Street may have small chance of becoming one of the world's premiere shopping destinations, but on Tuesday a program that is geared to give it a boost officially was launched.

More than 150 people gathered at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 417 N. Seventh St., to celebrate receiving a $150,000 grant from the state's Main Street Program under the Department of Community and Economic Development.

Several other municipalities, including Emmaus and Bangor, take part in the program, which is intended to spark economic development and promote tourism while it rehabilitates decaying buildings.

The city hired Peter Lewnes as manager of the local Main Street Program, which he oversees from an office down a short flight of stairs from his Seventh Street home.

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