Former judge Anthony P. LoRusso is wrapping up an Allentown-area apartment project with a focus on green energy and solar power on a former brownfield site.
He expects to open the Allentown Square Apartments next month. The three-story building at 295 Maryland St. will have 59 market-rate apartments.
The $7 million project is designed as a "net-zero energy" building, with rooftop solar panels, Energy Star appliances and lighting, added insulation, triple-pane windows and a special "green" elevator by Otis Corp. There's also an electric-car charging station.
The 44,900-square-foot building includes studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units renting for $955, $1,055 and $1,355 per month, respectively. That's higher than the original projections of $765 and $895 per month for the one- and two-bedroom units, but the units include hardwood floors and granite countertops, plus parking.