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Meet your Leasing Team: Meagan

Name: Meagan Walsh
Title: Leasing Professional

How many years have you been working for City Center Residential? I’ve been with City Center Residential for 2 ½ years and Landmark for almost 5.

What’s your favorite part about working in Downtown Allentown? Hosting Tour Tuesdays live on Instagram and Facebook of our new buildings under construction. Hard-hat tours are my favorite!

Do you have a favorite lunch spot in Downtown Allentown? I’m a regular at The Downtown Allentown Market. Is ice cream considered lunch? Batch is the best!

What is the most rewarding part of your job? I love watching our residents become active members of the downtown community after we help them find their home.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself! I’m a seamstress and do sewing and embroidery. No, I will not hem your pants.

What’s your favorite resident event City Center Residential has hosted? Our Happy Hour at the Allentown Art Museum! I loved the private tour of their new exhibit.

What’s the best memory you have since working at City Center Residential? Rappelling off the top of Two City Center for Over the Edge last summer! What building can I rappel down next?

What do you like to do when you’re not working? You can find me at the gym (OTF!), snuggling my dog Penny, catching an Aerial Yoga class, or live-tweeting the Bachelor franchise of shows.

Rad Recipe of the Month: Veggie Cream Cheese

Vegetable Cream Cheese

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temp.
1 small carrot, grated or minced
1 small shallot, minced
1/2 large red bell pepper, diced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese with the chopped vegetables and parsley. Serve on a Good Grain Sourdough Everything Bagel, which is delivered fresh each week on Fridays!

Retail Feature: Frutta Bowls

Name: Samantha Filipe
Title: Owner

Why did you decide to open Frutta Bowls in Downtown Allentown? It was a great location and we wanted to be a part of the revitalization process in the downtown area. We noticed a lot of corporate offices and apartment buildings were arising and we knew it was attracting the demographics that we were looking for.

What is Frutta Bowls’ mission statement? Frutta Bowls sets itself apart by our commitment to providing healthy, delicious food, but also by our involvement in the communities surrounding each location.

What makes Frutta Bowls unique from its competitors? We do not have any added sugars, preservatives, juices or dyes in any of our products. The way the fruit comes is the way we serve it. We are a non-dairy location. We also take allergies very seriously and offer gluten-free/vegan options as well.

What different menu items do you offer at your store? We offer acai, pataya, kale, superfood and hot oatmeal bowls. We also offer smoothies, toast, soup and an Allentown favorite… protein bites!

What’s the most popular item on the menu? The most popular bowl on the menu is our Frutella bowl.

What are some of the health benefits of eating at Frutta Bowls?
• Acai is a powerful source of antioxidants, a substance that prevents oxidative damage to our body by preventing and repairing damage done by free radicals. It has a great source of fatty acids like omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9.
• Pitaya (a.k.a dragonfruit) is high in fiber, contains Vitamin C and B2. It also helps repair liver failure and lowers risks of certain types of cancer.
• Kale contains a high source of Vitamin K and a rich source of Vitamin A, C, B-6, E folate and magnesium, which essentially gives off energy and relaxes muscles.

Do you offer catering services? Yes, we offer catering for pick-up and delivery. We can customize the catering to your needs!

What’s your favorite part of having your business in Downtown Allentown? I love getting to know all my fellow business owners and interacting with the residents that live nearby. The environment downtown is like no other and we love watching the town grow as one.

Are there any special discounts being offered at your store right now for City Center residents? We are offering Sunday Funday $5 smoothies for residents that have the Gold Card.

Meet Your Neighbor: Hop Daddy’s Brewing Co.

Name: Kevin Ryan
Title: Owner & Vice President

Why did you decide to open a brewhouse in Downtown Allentown?
My father, Rich, and I are business partners, and we have owned and operated the two Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt locations in Allentown, Pa., for the past eight years. We have always wanted to grow as a company and bring another fun and exciting place to Allentown. We developed the concept of a brewery/brewpub that brews on-site and has a scratch kitchen focusing on artisan pizzas. We had looked at a lot of potential spaces in Allentown and around the Lehigh Valley. After traveling to Ashville, North Carolina in 2018, I decided we needed to search for a unique home in an urban environment that had a lot of character. With everything that’s going on in Downtown Allentown, it felt like the perfect fit. 732 Hamilton is the perfect home for Hop Daddy’s!

What inspired you to open Hop Daddy’s Brewing Co.?
My father and I only wanted to be involved in a business that brings fun and happiness to people’s lives. I have a passion for craft beer and my father is a pizza fanatic. What’s a better combo than pizza and beer? Ultimately, we know that people want a unique experience when they go out. We wanted to create a lively, fun vibe that’s different from your typical brewery or restaurant. It has been great seeing people come and hang out with family and friends for hours here at Hop Daddy’s and that’s what keeps us going!

What’s your mission statement?
Our mission is to deliver Good Beer, Real Food and Cool Vibes. We are a totally transparent business. We have an open kitchen and our brewery is open to the public for seating anytime. We source high-quality, fresh, and unprocessed or frozen foods because we care about our guests.

What makes your brewing company different from others in the area?
Hop Daddy’s Brewing Co. has more going on than just the beer. The Lehigh Valley is full of other great craft breweries. We are pumped to be joining an industry of such quality local craft breweries. We went out and hired an executive chef and spent a lot of time developing the “feel” of Hop Daddy’s to make it a unique night out. You can sit really wherever you want. You can hang up on the mezzanine on the couches, playing shuffleboard, foosball, Jenga. We have an amazing outdoor beer garden with a fire pit and heaters. You can check out our pizzaiolos making pizzas in our Italian-imported wood-fired oven. You can enjoy a good quality meal all while you are enjoying house-made craft beers.

What are some signature beers your team is working on?
Right now, we have our Hop Daddy Pale Ale Batch No. 1 on tap! We just kegged up our Rye Porter this weekend. We are going to be brewing our Hazy IPA and American IPA this weekend and early next week. From there, we are working on developing a sour program, a Belgian series, a solid brown ale base to build off of, and development of some unique IPA’s with proprietary hop strains. Over the next couple of months, we plan to fill 10 taps with our house beers and offer one rotating guest tap and a local cider tap.

Name a couple of menu items that you would recommend to a new customer.
Our pizzas are amazing! We make our dough in house daily by hand and the same with our sauce. Each pizza is a work of art. We have great fresh and affordable salads in full and half sizes. We use all-natural Bell & Evans chicken and our wings are smoked and dry-rubbed – they are juicy and delicious. Our burger is a short-rib-and-brisket blend patty, and it’s one of the best in the Valley. The flight of fries has been a top seller, and we have a great selection of shareable items that are great to enjoy any time!

What type of events will you be having at your Brewhouse?
Right now, we have a lot of live music events already planned through January here at Hop Daddy’s. We are launching our Hoppy Hour program next week, which will include food and drink specials ($3 select shareables and $3 house beers) Monday – Wednesday from 5 pm – 7 pm. We are offering half-price wings on Thursday evenings and all day Sunday!
We are looking to add a trivia night, an open mic night and we are partnering with the Alternative Gallery to support local artists via movie screening nights on the mezzanine and other unique events. We are also developing community-based volunteer events where we will invite the public to come join our team on a volunteer mission (support schools or food shelters) and receive a ticket for a complimentary drink after the event. More to come so please stay tuned!

What are some unique features in your Brew House?
We have a 5bbl brewhouse with a reverse osmosis filtration system. The number 1 ingredient in beer is water. Having good clean water allows for great beer. We made the investment in this system so we deliver the best beer possible. Each time we brew a batch, we get about 10 half kegs, which is the perfect amount for a business like ours. We will have enough product to run each beer for long enough and keep a fun rotation of new beers coming on the taps. Our beer will be some of the freshest beer you’ll have because we only run small batches and it’s made only 100 ft from the taps!

Are you going to be doing anything special for City Center residents?
Yes, of course! We want the residents of City Center to feel like Hop Daddy’s is home. We offer the standard Gold Card discount to members. In addition, we want to release information and host special food and beer tastings and private events for City Center residents only. This will allow the folks who live in the buildings all around us to get a sneak peek “under the hood” view into Hop Daddy’s Brewing Co.

Will you be offering any special discounts to residents this month?
Yes, we would like to offer 20% off this month for Gold Card residents! Can’t wait to see you at Hop Daddy’s soon!


We want to put extra cash in the pockets of City Center Residents! When you refer a friend, you’ll each receive $250 when your friend moves into their apartment at a City Center Residential property. Here are the easy steps to make some money!

  • Find a friend who wants to move to Downtown Allentown!
  • Have your friend contact the leasing team by calling or texting 833-327-6246.
  • Your friend must mention your name to the leasing team so you both can receive the referral bonus.
  • After your friend moves into their new home, you’ll each get $250!

Some exclusions apply: A minimum of a 12-month lease must be signed. This does not apply to any City Center Residential transfer, a current resident or roommate changes. This program only applies to move-ins prior to December 31, 2019. Other restrictions may apply. See the leasing office for details.

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Mike and Luis did a fantastic job with my maintenance request. They were prompt, thorough, and communicated every step of the way. They helped me so much. Very much appreciated!
Michael Angney and Luis Jordan are so helpful with maintenance! They are super professional and keep you in the loop if anything changes. The management and maintenance team have made living here great!
Outstanding service from the entire maintenance team anytime I’ve submitted a request. BIG THANK YOU to Michael, Kyle Lewis and Aaron! They are professional, always very responsive, efficient, and thorough!
They run a really good rental operation. The buildings are clean, amenities are excellent and the maintenance and administrative staff are friendly and helpful. It also feels safe.
Here 2 years and the staff from the leasing agents, the maintenance and even security are always quick with responses and truly care about your experience. My favorites to name a few are Bri, Meghan, Sabrina, Ashley, in leasing and Mike in maintenance. #movedowntown
Great amenity space— love the gym, yoga/barre room and pool. Spacious layouts with a lot of storage/closet space. My apartment has a great covered balcony. Modern appliances. Still feels new. Feels very safe and secure living here. Location is central and walkable to Starbucks, PPl center, festivals, art museum, and restaurants.
Great place to live at! They are very accommodating, they put their tenants needs first and do what they can to go above and beyond! Freebies, giveaways, networking events etc! Great place for content creators and entrepreneurs. I was worried it was going to be too loud but it’s not at all!
Center Square Lofts is an awesome place to live!! In general, I love the amenities of CSL and the location is perfect for me. The city is growing a lot with new bars and restaurants around. I would totally recommend CSL to all people. Great community!
I've lived at Center Square Lofts West for 3 and a half years and love it here! I downsized from a 3,000 plus SF home into a 1,200 plus SF apartment and was concerned about the transition, but the City Center crew made it easy. There are plenty of spacious closets and a storage facility for little-used items like decorations. As an avid baker, I accumulate a lot of kitchen items, including 8 kinds of flour, but the cupboards are quite roomy and everything fits. Restaurants, bars, swimming pool, all within walking distance. The few maintenance problems I've run into with my loft have been quickly remedied through Maintenance Mark and the office staff. I live in a quiet hallway with only seven units, so adjusting to apartment life has been mostly painless. I've just renewed my lease for the third time!
I love living here. So much to do and I am so happy I decided to give it a try living here. I feel very safe and I am very comfortable here. I highly recommend
CSL is by far THE BEST apartment complex I have lived at! I lived at about 6 other luxury apartments in California prior to moving to PA and CSL really has left a positive impression on me. The leasing staff have been helpful from the start and continue to do so as well! A lot of leasing staff in my experience are only helpful in the beginning when they want you to move in and then you never hear from them again but that is definitely not my experience here! Love the leasing staff and maintenance staff is also super friendly and professional! I renewed my lease for the 2nd year and highly recommend this building or any of the other city center residential communities to anyone looking for a new complex to live at!
All 5 stars are for Mark. He deserves 10 but google only allows 5.Also, if you ever have an issue with the apartment, Meagan and Tara will be on that in lightning speed.
LOVE living downtown at Center Square Lofts. The instant Meagan showed me the apartment, I fell in love. The amenities are great and the new pool is awesome. The maintenance staff are always on the ball and courteous. I get quick responses from the leasing department and they also do a great job of hosting fun events downtown as well.
I have been extremely satisfied with leasing at Center Square lofts. Full experience of a Luxury building . And great amenities.
We love Center Square Lofts! We lived in Strata previously and they made the lease transfer seamless. The construction is moving so quickly. I swear there is something new or updated every single day. It speaks to how hard the staff is working to make this building beautiful and unique.
Center Square Lofts East has been great. Our apartment is beautiful; brand new appliances, a lot of storage space, great lighting, Juliet balcony, etc. A lot of great common spaces as well including a lounge over looking the square with a fire place, a courtyard with a pool on the way, a gym, a yoga room and a dog park right next to the building. The staff have been very accommodating and the security was well thought through.Once the Pandemic subsides you are also literally a minute walk to the PPL Center, Brü Daddy’s Brewery, Queen City BBQ and more. Highly recommend if you are moving to Allentown!
Brand new appliances, beautiful bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and top notch amenity spaces (And a pool coming for summer 2021)!Building staff are friendly and always happy to help. Kaitlynn, Meagan, Robert, and Sabrina made sure my move was seamless. Great place to call home!
I was one of the first people to move into CSL East back in October. There were a few issues involving construction early on. So the grand opening was definitely rushed.Now that the dust has settled, it is a 5 star building. It’s all brand new the units have stainless steel GE appliances, vinyl floors, and quarts countertops. The amenities are beyond impressive. You have access to 2 different gyms, multiple lounge areas and club rooms, a nice courtyard with grills and fire pits, a sky deck , coworking room, and a balcony overlooking the center square.If you’re going to live in Allentown, this is the best place to be. The Hamilton district is the business district with the PPL Center, artswalk, and all the best restaurants in the city.