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New pizza parlor, health facility planned for West Side

By Jill Terreri

A new make-your-own pizza parlor in Allentown was approved by a panel of lawmakers on Tuesday, after it received the support of the city Planning Board.

Crust is planning to open in mid- to late-September at 244 Allen St., at the corner of College Street, in the former location of Sample restaurant. According to the architect, Elizabeth Buscaglia, the restaurant will have interior and patio seating. Slices will be offered, and customers will be allowed to make their own pizzas, she said. The fast-casual concept is popular on the West Coast. The general manager will be Peter McConeghy.

On the West Side, a new health home concept by Dr. Raul Vazquez at 501 Seventh St. was vetted by the board, though the board waited to approve the new construction until a meeting is held with neighbors. The goal is to provide services that aren't already in the neighborhood, Vazquez said, with a focus on prevention and wellness. The project will create 150 jobs, he said. The entrance is slated for Niagara Street, not Seventh Street.  

New exteriors are also coming to two large structures in the Delaware and Elmwood neighborhoods following Planning Board approval. Sinatra Realty is planning facade upgrades, a new fence and landscaping at 400 Elmwood Ave., a commercial and residential development between Bryant and Summer streets. The company is looking for tenants for two commercial storefronts, Nick Sinatra said. At Trinity Towers, 33 Linwood Ave., doors, concrete patios, light fixtures and the parking lot are all being replaced or repaired. Interior renovations are also taking place.

On the East Side, T-Mobile, at long last, received approval by the board to place a 90-foot cell tower at 532 Northampton. There is already a tower in the vacinity, which will be relocated. The item had been the subject of Planning Board scrutiny for weeks, because of a disagreement between neighbors in the area. The tower will be located on St. Martin de Porres church property. A Council committee also granted approval, making its passage by the full Council likely. CAO, which hosts a temporary tower, had concerns about the proposed move, but did not object to it on Tuesday.

In Larkinville, a new 300-space parking space at 658 Seneca St., for use  by Larking Building tenants,  was approved by the board.  

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