The Allentown Planning Commission in Pennsylvania, US has approved the revised plans of the city’s hockey arena project submitted by the Allentown Commercial Industrial Development Authority.
The Commission, which approved the original plan two months ago, voted in favour of a new plan that will add a seven-storey, 200,000ft² office complex and a 180-room hotel occupying seven floor levels.
The hotel’s floors will include banquet areas, meeting rooms and future restaurant space, while its exterior walls will use a brick design similar to the existing Dime Bank building.
Allentown city mayor Ed Pawlowski said: "The Planning Commission’s approval was an important initial step in the public side of the process that enables the private developers to move forward with the assurance that they have approved project use."
Under the revised plans, an additional covered parking structure will be added connecting to the previously approved 8,500-seat arena on the block that covers Seventh Street to Eighth Street from Hamilton Street to Linden Street.
The $158m arena will be able to expand to 10,000 seats for concerts and will feature 36 suites, 1,000 club seats, a restaurant and retail facilities along West Hamilton Street.
The project will also include a seven-level parking garage on the northern side of the block and a two-level parking garage on the southern side.
The building is designed to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility guidelines, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requirements and all local codes regarding people with disabilities.
The arena is expected to be completed by September 2013 and draw up to 500,000 visitors per year.
Image: The arena will feature 10,000 seats for concerts, 36 suites and 1,000 club seats. Photo: Allentown Planning Commission.