ALLENTOWN, PA—Demolition began Thursday to clear the way for aone-million-square-foot redevelopment of the former LehighStructural Steel complex on the Lehigh River, known as theWaterfront. A partnership of Jaindl Properties,Dunn Twiggar and Michael Dunn Co.will develop a mix of office, retail and residential over the nexteight to 10 years on the brownfield site.

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The Easton, PA Express-Times reported Thursday thatMark Jaindl, a principal of the development team,unveiled renderings of the first structure to go up. Theeight-story building will include 150,000 square feet of officespace and 20,000 square feet of street-level stores andrestaurants. It will be the first of six office buildings to go online as part of the Waterfront mixed-use project, which will alsoinclude more than 170 market-rate apartments.

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Also slated for the project's initial phase is the River Walk, ahalf-mile running and walking path that will be parallel to theriver. The path is designed to connect with amphitheaters and twofloating docks.

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At Thursday's news conference, Jaindl announced that his firmhad acquired the adjacent Lehigh Valley Dairy Building on FurnaceStreet in Allentown. According to Lehigh Valley Business,the addition is not part of Allentown's Neighborhood ImprovementDistrict, but will grow the Waterfront's total land by about 7%. Itmay be used for parking or market-driven future growth.

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.