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Occupy Wall Street movement. Many have been camping a few blocks away in College Green Park for the past week. They rallied to show outrage over ...

Developer reveals expanded plans for $300M Allentown project

Though it's been tabled for a couple of years, J.B. Reilly announced today expanded plans and a construction timeline for his $300 million Five City Center campus.

The move rejuvenates a downtown Allentown project first introduced a few years ago, the plans of which were revised in 2015. The project, which includes the tallest office tower in Pennsylvania not in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, is one of several projects the City Center Investment Corp. developer is working on.

City Center plans to build the site at the 700 block of Hamilton Street, bounded by Hamilton, Seventh, Walnut and Eighth streets, with construction expected to start next year, according to a news release.

Construction of Five City Center Innovation Tower is expected to finish in late 2020, with residential buildings set to be complete by mid-2019.

The Five City Center Innovation Tower at Eighth and Hamilton streets will be 24 floors, 353 feet tall and have 442,000 square feet.

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Francine Achbar  has enjoyed successful careers both as a non-profit leader and as a television producer and executive. As Executive Director of the New Center for Arts and Culture, she lead a nascent organization to become Boston’s leading presenter of Jewish arts, culture and ideas. Prior to the New Center, Achbar was, for more than twenty years, an award winning producer and programming executive at WBZ-TV, CBS Boston. She is currently a consultant with ESC New England which advises non-profit organizations. A graduate of Boston University, she was honored by its College of Communication as a Distinguished Alumna. Achbar is also a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated public radio program “Says You.”

Bill Ambrose is the Managing Director of Stone Silo Advisors, a management consulting firm that works closely with start-ups and growth companies providing industry research and analysis in the water, energy, and infrastructure sectors. Prior to Bill starting Stone Silo, he was the founder and CEO of Emerging Energy Research (2002-2010) and the Founder and CEO of Pyramid Research. Both companies specialized in market research. Other non-profit involvement includes serving on the board of The Boma Project, which is innovating a unique poverty graduation model to empower women living in extreme poverty in the arid lands of Africa. Bill has an MBA in International Business from Columbia University’s Business School and a BA in Economics & Intercultural Studies from Trinity College. He resides with his family in Acton, MA.