|Bethlehem DCED Deputy Director Amy Burkett|
Bethlehem is proposing to spend $100,000 on a downtown market study to develop a "market-based development strategy" and identify an optimal tenant mix for Bethlehem's two downtowns. Only $25,000 in County money will be spent on this study. Bethlehem Department of Community and Economic Development Director told Council the goal is to maintain two "vibrant" downtowns.
The remaining $75,000 will help fund a $125,000 business development and retention specialist.
Hyden Phillips, who supports this funding, asked whether Martin Tower is a third downtown. Deputy DCED Director Amy Burkett said she doubted whether Martin Tower will be included in this study.
President John Cusick suggested that the study should examine whether rents are being undercut by taxpayer subsidies in the Allentown NIZ.