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Easton releases first glimpse of Intermodal facility

Published On: Mar 06 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 07 2013 09:30:24 PM CST

Easton releases first glimpse of Intermodal facility

EASTON, Pa. -

Easton mayor Sal Panto is calling the completion of the downtown intermodal center a "sprint to the finish."

Thursday Panto gave people a first look at the drawings for the building.

The city could officially break ground on the project in just two weeks.

The building will be energy efficient and offer a lot of amenities for people traveling by bus on Third Street in Easton.

"It's something that will not only be a credit to LANTA as one of the primary partners, but also to the entire city," said Panto.  "It's going to give us a new entrance, a wow factor."

The building will be three stories.

Easton city services will occupy the 2nd and 3rd floors, around 30,000 square feet of the building.

The National High Sports Hall of Fame will be on the first floor and the transportation center will have enough room to park eight buses at one time.

"We don't have eight buses that come together," said Armando Greco, executive director of LANTA. "We are going to be adding to this and we are partnering with Transbridge Lines, the main carrier that services Easton, and Susquehanna tours and Greyhound."

The plan is to break ground in April and by July start building the parking garage portion of the center.  That is if the plans for the $25 million project are approved by the Easton Historic District commission and the Easton City Council.

"It's been a long time since a new building has actually been built of any substance," said Panto.

Formal presentations will be made to the HDC and city council next week.