The Allentown Association has a new office.
The association – which had rented space for about 10 years in the Red Jacket building at 14 Allen St – was forced to move in summer 2015 when its offices were damaged during a major structural collapse in the course of building renovations. That forced the association to decide whether to renovate its offices and stay, or purchase its own place.
The association last July bought a circa-1890 house at 61 College St. for $157,000 and has since restored it as its new headquarters.
Until officially opening the new location this month, the association had been operating for 18 months from Executive Director Andrew Eisenhardt's Elmwood Avenue home.
The College Street house has a dual purpose. It will also serve as a demonstration project to show how historic facades and other property elements can be restored while meeting guidelines governing historic preservation districts.
The first floor will be configured for office and meeting space. The second-floor apartment will be used for rental income to offset association operating expenses.
The association's hours are afternoons Monday through Thursday. Once finalized, specific hours will be posted on the association's Website at www.allentown.org.