Borough seeks Iron Works proposals
On Aug. 25, the Borough of Catasauqua released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the acquisition and mixed-use development of a 10.6-acre property in downtown Catasauqua, known as the Iron Works.
The borough purchased the site through a series of transactions from 2013 to 2016 with the intent to use a small portion for the construction of a new municipal building and to facilitate the redevelopment of the rest. The borough recently completed construction of the new municipal building and is now seeking proposals from firms interested in developing the rest of the site.
Since acquiring the property, the borough has invested heavily in its future reuse. In addition to constructing the new municipal building adjacent to the development site, the borough has developed a conceptual master plan for the property and amended its zoning ordinance to create a new waterfront zoning district, aimed at promoting a flexible mixed-used development. The borough also demolished several of the old buildings on site, converted the adjacent Front Street to two-way traffic and extended Bridge Street into the property.
Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder said, “We’ve really done everything in our power to set the project up for success. We obviously have our own thoughts about the types of development we’d like to see, but we’re excited to hear what kind of ideas the development community will bring.
“Ultimately, we’re hoping the project will attract an experienced developer who shares our passion for the site and the project.”
The borough is hosting a pre-proposal meeting and site tour for interested developers 10 a.m. Sept. 19. Proposals in response to the RFP are due by Nov. 30. The borough hopes to have a preferred developer identified by early 2018.
Interested parties can learn more about the Iron Works at catasauqua.org/iron-works. They may receive a copy of the RFP by contacting borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder at 610-264-0571 or firstname.lastname@example.org.