Easton City Council Wednesday night approved the sale of the Alpha Building, the 9-story building in downtown Easton that has served as City Hall for more than a decade.
The sale to the Alpha Developing Group is scheduled to close Nov. 26, said Mayor Sal Panto Jr.
Developer Mark Mulligan has plans for commercial use on the first floor, offices on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th, and high-end residential on the upper four floors.
But City Hall offices will not be moving any time soon. The city will rent space in the Alpha Building for the next 19 months while a $31 million building, which will include an intermodal center, is built down the street.
The parent company behind the planned redevelopment of the Alpha Building is the same company behind the Pomeroy and Silk Mill projects. It's also redeveloping the Wolf and National buildings.
Panto told council he was notified Wednesday that the city will receive a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce for infrastructure improvements between N. 13th St. and Bushkill Drive, improvements that are seen as vital to the conversion of the abandoned Simon Silk Mill site into a commercial-residential complex. The city hopes to begin work on sewer and water lines and an access road to the mill in the coming weeks.