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August 9, 2016 – 2:30 p.m., Outside Alpha Building, S. Third St., Easton, PA
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Within months, Lafayette will take its latest – and most visible – step in engaging its hometown. Key personnel will move their offices from the tree-lined paths of College Hill into the tallest building in downtown Easton.
The College will lease three floors of the Alpha Building, the historic 9-½ story building owned by VM Development Group on the city’s main traffic circle, which until recently housed Easton’s government. About 80 communications, information technology, admissions and community-engagement employees will work at the building, which will also offer space for conferences, training and elbow-rubbing for members of Easton’s community and the College. The new location will be called Lafayette Downtown.
Construction is slated to begin in early fall, personnel are expected to move by January 2017.
Among Lafayette Downtown’s tenants will be:
The move is an essential part of the College’s planned expansion over the next 6 to 8 years — an effort designed to help Lafayette become more diverse and competitive. In March, the Board of Trustees agreed to a strategic direction that will enhance the college’s affordability and distinction through growth.
Moving to the Alpha Building frees space in various facilities in the center of campus, says Mary Wilford-Hunt, director of space management, landscape and special projects.
For downtown Easton, the change will be significant. While the neighborhood is booming, most of the new businesses are small retailers and restaurants. Along with the recent completion of the Williams Arts Campus on North Third Street, Lafayette — already the largest employer in the city — will now be one of the largest employers downtown, says Kim Kmetz, manager of Easton’s Main Street Initiative.
“We don’t have many large employers, like a PPL [the utility company, headquartered in nearby Allentown],” Kmetz says. “It’s meaningful for us economically to have that many more employees to take advantage of these businesses.”
Yes. The following potential projects are in a preliminary stage of discussion and planning, and will take place over many years. We will be seeking input from both the campus and local community as we move forward:
Photos courtesy of Lafayette College.
Higher resolution images available:
Top, left: Alpha Building, S. Third St. entrance, https://flic.kr/p/KQfK5H
Top, right: Lafayette Downtown logo, https://flic.kr/p/KwEGuh
Lafayette campus, https://flic.kr/p/KwEGA9