We are pleased to announce that Round 8 Main Street Lehigh Valley grant funding has increased for 2015 by 50 percent over last year and we have received about 40 applications, demonstrating that there are plenty of projects planned to beautify every main street! We have received proposals from Pburg to Weatherly to Lower Saucon - for movies and music in our parks, farmers markets, planning, marketing, banners, flowers and landscaping, holiday lighting and murals.
The mural project at Touchstone Theatre is nearing completion. Over the coming weeks, they will be adding the colors, and it will come to life with help from Jim Gloria, the Utopia Group and students from the Charter Arts High School. Once complete, it will be sealed and painted on plywood, then attached to the building. It will have a minimum life-span of fifteen to twenty years, adding significantly to the quality of life for those passing by on the new greenway or visiting the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem.
The beauty and sustainability of our main streets is a high priority for The Chamber and the business community, and we are glad for the opportunity to provide support for projects that will provide a positive visual impact in our downtowns and on our main streets.