Bethlehem, December 6, 2013 — State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today announced that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has approved Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) applications that directly impact economic development projects in the City of Easton and surrounding area.

“Some of these sites have been collecting dust for years or have been an eyesore in our Easton community, and they are ripe for redevelopment,” Boscola said. “This strategic movement by the state will inevitably bring even more job growth and economic advancement to the Easton region.”

The five major approved locations in the Easton area include: the Governor Wolf Building, Simon Silk Mill, Black Diamond Silk Mill, Easton Intermodal & City Hall project, and the Dixie Cup plant located in Wilson Borough.

The City of Easton has already begun work on the Simon Silk Mill and the Easton Intermodal & City Hall projects.  State KOZ approval of the dormant Dixie Cup site, which has been an iconic building in the Easton region, is positive step forward considering Wilson Borough Council and the Wilson Area School District have already approved the KOZ designation.

“It’s an exciting time for the Easton area,” Boscola said.  “The state has seen the benefit of how these particular sites can bring economic revitalization to our Lehigh Valley region overall.  I’m committed to continuing my support for projects that will bring long-term job growth to the Easton and Lehigh Valley region,” said Boscola.


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