Allentown, Penn. to get LGBT Community Center

Though just when and where remains to be seen. From The Morning Call:

Allentown is the largest LGBT community in the state that doesn’t have a central, physical community center, said activist Adrian Shanker, who’s leading the campaign.

“The idea is to create a strong community, which has been historically under-represented in many ways, and to bring us together,” he said.

In Allentown, much of the gay community centers in Old Allentown, a historic district roughly bounded by Seventh and 12th streets and north of Hamilton Street.

Officials have not yet revealed the center’s precise location or whether it will be in the city’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone. But organizers are eager to be a part of Allentown’s $1 billion renaissance, buttressed by the special tax zone containing the city’s new PPL Center hockey arena, Shanker said.

Pennsylvania Diversity Network has been working with Mayor Ed Pawlowski, the city’s Redevelopment Authority and other officials to finalize the location.

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