The skyline of Allentown is changing. Next spring, a ten story building will rise from the parking lot behind the Butz Corporate Center.
"On this very site we're going to build the headquarters for a company that Live, the members of Live have invested in," explained Chad Taylor, Live guitarist and member of Think Loud Development. "It's called United Fiber & Data."
UFD will house its sales force of at least 100 employees inside the building. Besides four floors of office space, there will be three stories of apartments inside the black building, along with three levels of parking.
"They're a startup company and hiring very quickly," shared President & CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Greg Butz. "So we thought it was important to immediately announce a new building."
The sales headquarters is part of UFD's development of a 400 mile fiber optic network that runs from Manhattan to Washington DC. Rather than the typical route down I-95, the line will run through Allentown, Reading, Lancaster and York. UFD also plans to build 22,000 square foot data centers in each of those locations. The one in the Queen City will be a few miles outside the Neighborhood Improvement Zone.
"The other companies that will want to be on our information super highway, on our fiber, that will create, I believe, thousands of jobs within the commonwealth of Pennsylvania," added CEO of Think Loud Development, Bill Hynes.
"I think we're going to see satellite companies from all the major brokerage houses, banking firms from Manhattan moving up here into Allentown," described Mayor Ed Pawlowski. "And I think we've just begun to see the redevelopment occur, I think the sky's the limit now."
The company will occupy the just completed Butz building until the new structure is finished in Spring 2015.