Plans for a proposed charter school named Executive Education Academy to use part of the former Agere building at 555 Union Blvd. in Allentown unanimously were approved by the city's zoning hearing board Tuesday night.
Such a use is allowed by a special exception in the city's limited industrial district.
The east Allentown building once was the home of Western Electric.
The proposed charter school still needs the approval of the Allentown School Board, according to district spokeswoman Kimberly Golden-Benner. She said no no date has been set for that charter school vote.
In December, the school board was told Executive Education Academy would offer a more conservative and traditional alternative to the "culture, climate and environment" that engulfs Allentown School District.
The charter school was presented to the board as a quasi boot-camp for high school dropouts and students with "achievement gap problems" by Robert Lysek, CEO of Executive Education Schools, during a Dec. 17 hearing.
Lysek claimed the charter school turn students who are lost causes academically into productive members of the local community, while protecting "the greater good" of the district's student body .
The school's operational model seeks to develop business executive leadership skills among candidates who have exhibited no past interest in pursuing such a course.
The school would seek to enroll 525 student in its first year.
The proposal has the written support of 2,000 people.