New luxury apartments open in Forks Township

Sullivan Parke at 2250 Lafayette Park Drive in Forks Township. –

A new apartment building has opened in Forks Township. Already fully leased, with move ins starting this month, Sullivan Parke is located at 2250 Lafayette Park Drive. 

The new building, billed as luxury apartments, is the first of four under development by Ashley Development Corp. 

There are 102 units of open concept one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den and two-bedroom floor plans ranging from 806 to 1,315 square feet.   

The new building features a fitness center, a third-floor lounge with balcony, on-site parking, elevators and privacy-style landscaping with 45-foot-tall trees. 

Each open concept unit has a private balcony or patio, a washer/dryer and walk-in closets. 

“The demand for housing, including apartments, remains high for Northampton County, which is why we are proud to have developed this premier apartment community,” said developer Lou Pektor of Ashley Development. 

Ashley has also recently developed such multi-family projects as Birchwood Commons and Bethlehem Fields. 

Leasing for Sullivan Park is being handled by Amy Harris of House & Land Real Estate. 

Bethlehem’s planned Riverport Public Market adds vendors

Rendering of the Riverport Public Market in Bethlehem PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

Ashley Development has added two more vendors for its planned Riverport Public Market in South Side Bethlehem.

Truffle Bar and Bethlehem Biscuit Co. will be joining the market when it opens in the spring of 2022.

Truffle Bar specializes in handmade chocolate truffles. It has been operating since 2018, starting as a pop up concept shop in downtown Allentown and through online sales.

Bethlehem Biscuit Co. is a start-up that makes fresh, handmade buttermilk biscuits and biscuit sandwiches with spreads, jams and salads. It focuses on locally sourced ingredients.

We have had an amazing response to this project and vendor spaces have filled fast.  We are still looking for a butcher, a florist, a distillery and a few long-term and pop up retail tenants,” said Natalia Stezenko, design & project manager for the market.

Riverport Public Market plans to have more than 20 food & beverage vendors in a two-story, 24,000 square-foot marketplace. The building previously housed the Starter’s Riverport restaurant.

Planned Bethlehem Riverport Public Market announces first tenants

Rendering of the planned Riverport Public Market. SUBMITTED


The developers of Riverport Public Market in Bethlehem have revealed the first four tenants for the market that will be opening in late 2021 – a brewery, a winery, a microcreamery and a taqueria.

Jealous Star Brewing Co., is a startup brewery being opened by restaurateur Ramiro Bravo, brewer Brendon Velasquez and Tim Kiss.

The brewers won first prize in the 2018 Lehigh Valley Home Brewing competition for their East Coast IPA,

Jealous Star will have a variety of beer styles from a Hazy IPA to Stouts.

Soaked Winery, a Northampton County vineyard that prides itself in being a winery without wine snobbery is opening its third location in the market.

The winery is run by Shannon Birosik, a food scientist turned winemaker.

Batch Microcreamery will also be opening a third location at the market. Batch sells hand-crafted ice cream that is made on site.

It will offer traditional ice cream flavors as well as ice cream flights and ‘adult’ milkshakes.

TYT Lite is a fast casual Mexican eatery being opened by the owner of Tacos Y Tequila in Easton. It will offer street tacos, bowls, burritos quesadillas and nachos using family recipes.

The Riverport Public Market is a revitalization effort by Bethlehem’s Ashley Development in a space that previously housed Starters Riverport.

It will bring more than 20 food and beverage vendors and one-of-a-kind retail experiences into a two-story, 24,000-square-foot modern marketplace, which is expected to be the largest of its kind in the region.

The market will also showcase a variety of events including cooking classes that feature market vendors and nationally-known cookbook authors in its demonstration kitchen.

“Before the pandemic, experiential concepts were among the strongest performers in both the retail and F&B world,” said Natalia Stezenko, design and project manager of the Riverport Public Market. “… We see the public market model as the vehicle which can lead a resurgence of the experiential retail and [food and beverage] economy.”

Mohawk Contracting & Development of Allentown will be the general contractor. Alloy 5 of Bethlehem is the architect on the project.

Construction continues on new office space for Hearst Magazines

Mohawk Contracting & Development are continuing construction on the Heritage Riverview project in Easton, which will include office space for Hearst Magazines when it opens this summer. (Photos By Brian Pedersen) –

The site once served as a bowling alley and a car dealership in downtown Easton, now it’s being transformed into new office space.

With Hearst Magazines planning to move in this summer, officials hope the property across from the Easton Intermodal Center and City Hall on South Third Street, will be an example of what’s now known as an innovative adaptive reuse.

Hearst will bring about 180 employees to the space, many of whom are temporarily in offices in Center Valley, said Allison Keane, spokesperson for Hearst Magazines, in a statement.

Hearst is renting more than 35,000 square feet, she said.

Hearst, which bought Rodale in 2018, is a major magazine publisher headquartered in New York City.

“We chose Easton as the home for our Enthusiast Group — Runner’s World, Bicycling and Popular Mechanics — because it has a thriving, diverse downtown scene with easy and safe access to trails, paths, and outdoor adventures,” said Troy Young, president of Hearst Magazines, in a statement.

Once complete, the two-story structure, called Heritage Riverview, will offer views of the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh rivers, in addition to a portion of the Delaware and Lehigh trail.

On a tour of the construction site Wednesday, Nikolas Naidu, owner of Mohawk Contracting & Development of Upper Macungie Township, said the building will include a below-ground parking lot, have about 22,000 square feet per floor, and offer 44,000 square feet of office space.

Workers are installing concrete slabs for the garage area and recently completed masonry on the staircase and elevator shaft.

“Right now, we are starting to prepare for steel to start going up the middle of this month,” Naidu said.

The side facing Third Street will have a multiple story glass wall, while the second story will have extensive windows to capitalize on the views and daylight, Naidu said. The firm also plans to build a courtyard between the new building and the existing Monarch Furniture retailer next door.

An older building in an urban area, the construction process for Heritage Riverview has not been without challenges.

“It’s a historic building, [there’s] tight logistics,” Naidu said. “There were quite a few stone foundations that we had to deal with, quite a bit of inadequate foundations for today’s standards. We had to keep the perimeter walls for historic requirements.”

The firm also had minimal requirements for fabricating new steel tying into the existing structure, he added.

As is often the case with historic buildings, workers come across new discoveries and encounter considerable difficulties.

“There were places where you would assume there were columns, and then there were none,” Naidu said. “We had to take off the existing roof, which was in extreme disrepair. We had to use extreme care. We had to bring in a lot of third-party safety groups.”

The other challenge will come when it’s time to erect the steel so close to the existing buildings, he added.

Still, the firm expects to finish construction by June, in time for the anchor tenant’s move.

Mohawk Contracting will also complete the interior fit-out for the project.

Alloy5 Architecture of Bethlehem is the firm designing it and Ashley Development of Bethlehem is the developer, under the name Heritage Riverview LLC.