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Resident Feature: Janish Kothari

When Janish Kothari got accepted into the Cardiology Fellowship program at St. Luke’s University Hospital, he started to prepare for his move from Brooklyn, NY to the Lehigh Valley. Center Square Lofts had everything he was looking for: the ideal location, great amenities, and ample space at an affordable cost. Keep reading to learn more about how Downtown Allentown has been an upgrade from Brooklyn, NY!

Name: Janish Kothari
Location: Center Square Lofts
Years/Months Lived at Center Square Lofts: 4 Months
Instagram handle: @doctajayyy

  • Why make the Lehigh Valley home? I moved here from NYC. I am in Cardiology Fellowship training at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem so I will be in the area for a minimum of 3 to 5 years.
  • How did you hear about Downtown Allentown/Lehigh Valley? I did some research on popular places to live and Center Square Lofts came up.
  • Why did you choose Downtown Allentown as opposed to other communities in the Lehigh Valley? The combination of location, amenities, modern building style, space, and cost. It was the perfect balance for everything I needed.
  • What was the deciding factor that made you choose Center Square Lofts as your new home? We really lovely the décor in the apartments. The kitchens were something we were drawn to. I love the rooftop and other amenities.
  • What benefits have you seen since moving to a smaller city?
    More space is probably the biggest thing. Coming from NYC I was used to a shoebox-living style. My apartment has tons of light and I love waking up to it every morning.
  • How does your commute compare to how it was working in a bigger city?
    My commute is a bit longer here (12minutes driving) as opposed to 2 minutes walking in NYC (I used to live across the street from my hospital). But I actually prefer this! I use this time to clear my mind and listen to music.
  • How does your cost of living compare to living in a bigger city?
    My cost of living is about the same but the added space, amenities, and most importantly parking is the icing on the cake.
  • How does Downtown Allentown compare to other places you have lived?
    I like how people in this building are young and how its dog friendly (something my old building did not provide). The environment here is very welcoming and overall “cozy.”
  • What part of the Lehigh Valley surprised you the most since you moved here?
    Coming from a big city, we don’t really have access to a lot of greenery. Being able to access parks and put down a blanket, have a bottle of wine, and hang out there for a couple of hours is something that we didn’t know we liked as much as we did until we moved here, so we’ve been actually taking advantage of that opportunity quite of a bit.
  • What makes this residential community a unique place to live?
    The location is ideal. It’s easily accessible to major highways. And the fact that it’s around other buildings with similar living styles and age group of people is also something I appreciate.
  • What’s your favorite memory so far since you’ve moved to Downtown Allentown?
    I haven’t been here nearly long enough to make many memories. But one thing I can say is that this is the first home me and my wife have gotten together so it’s special to us.
  • Describe what the community is like at City Center Residential? The community is young and from what I can tell, hip. I enjoyed meeting neighbors on the rooftop and interacting with them in the lobby. I look forward to more encounters over my time here.
  • How did you make your apartment, home?
    It’s still in the process, but my wife and I look forward to decorating our space to make it familiar to us.
  • What’s your favorite amenity space? I really enjoy the rooftop and lounge space.
  • What do you want other people to know about living in Downtown Allentown? That if they want a change of pace, modern amenities, beautifully designed apartments, and great neighbors, Downtown Allentown is the ideal place.

Center Square Lofts & Brü Daddy’s Brewing Co. Collaboration

Center Square Lofts and Brü Daddy’s Brewing Co. have come together to create a special beer for the opening of our newest building, Center Square Lofts East. The “Center Square State of Mind” beer is a Double New England IPA that is finished off with a nice touch of Peach and Mango purée to help complement the beautiful notes of the Citra, Azacca, El Dorado and Wakatu hops. When you order your Center Square State of Mind beer make sure to take a photo of it, post the photo on your Instagram story or feed, tag and follow @CenterSquareLofts and use the hashtag #LIVECentered to be entered to win a $50 gift card to Brü Daddy’s!

Residents that are moving into Center Square Lofts East this Fall/Winter will receive a voucher to enjoy this beer for FREE after they move in! If you’re not moving into Center Square Lofts East, you can still visit Brü Daddy’s to try this smooth beer.

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, Center Square Lofts East is the perfect place to call home in Downtown Allentown. When you move to Center Square Lofts East, you’ll have access to an endless array of amenities like a rooftop terrace, a courtyard with a pool, three resident lounges, two gyms, co-working space, and much more. Plus, we’re only steps away from Brü Daddy’s!

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Center Square Lofts East is Now Preleasing


Premier amenities will include first pool and toddler playroom
in a downtown Allentown residential building

ALLENTOWN, Pa., July 20, 2020 – City Center Residential announced today it is preleasing and accepting deposits for Center Square Lofts East, a 169-unit luxury residential building at 7th and Walnut streets in downtown Allentown. The 5-story building is scheduled to open in October 2020.
Designed by JDavis Architects, the pet-friendly building includes studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, with the first-floor apartments along 7th Street having walk-up access. Premier amenities will include the first elevated outdoor pool and toddler playroom in a downtown Allentown residential community, along with a clubroom with a fireplace and a courtyard with a grill and swings. The amenities will be shared by residents of the 95-unit Center Square Lofts West, which opened last year and is fully leased. The East and West communities will be connected by an enclosed pedestrian bridge spanning Hall Street.

Center Square Lofts East will also feature a 6,000-square-foot public plaza that spills out onto Center Square at 7th and Hamilton streets.

“Center Square Lofts East will be City Center’s most impressive residential community to date, boasting premier amenities in the heart of downtown Allentown’s exciting revitalization,” said Zachary Sienicki, vice president of City Center Residential. “We’ve taken the style and amenities residents want most and elevated them to the next level.”

The apartments at Center Square Lofts East will feature oversized windows, open gourmet kitchens with stainless Energy Star® appliances, subway-tile backsplashes and quartz countertops, luxury bathrooms with soaking tubs, and full-sized stackable washers and dryers. The building will provide a locker system for delivered cold groceries and packages, bike and personal storage, connected parking, 24/7 monitored surveillance and controlled access. The property will also offer onsite professional management, maintenance and concierge services, including pet walking and pet sitting

Monthly rent for studio apartments will start at $1,200, one-bedroom apartments will start at $1,300 and two-bedroom apartments will start at $1,600. All Center Square Lofts East residents will receive a complimentary membership to the Allentown Art Museum and discounts at LVHN Fitness, The Baum School of Art, Miller Symphony Hall and downtown retailers and restaurants.
City Center Residential welcomed its first residents to Cityplace, site of the former Holiday Inn in downtown Allentown, during the first week of July 2020. The semi-luxury adaptive-reuse project offering attainable rents joins existing City Center Residential communities in downtown Allentown, STRATA West, STRATA East, STRATA Symphony, 520 Lofts, Walnut Street Commons and Center Square Lofts West. With a total of 652 apartments among those seven buildings, City Center Residential properties are 96-percent leased overall. Learn more about each of City Center’s residential communities in downtown Allentown at www.CityCenterAllentown.com/Residential.
For more information on preleasing an apartment at Center Square Lofts East, contact the team at 610-841-2489 or [email protected], stop by the leasing office at 27 North 7th Street in Allentown or visit www.CenterSquareLofts.com. Follow the project on Facebook and Instagram at @CenterSquareLofts #LIVECentered777

About City Center Allentown:
City Center Allentown is a major mixed-use development that is helping transform downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, into one of America’s most vibrant urban communities and a regional center of excellence for business, culture and metropolitan living. With Allentown’s new arena, PPL Center, at its core, City Center includes more than 1.5 million square feet among four Class A office towers, the Renaissance Allentown Hotel, five residential communities, upscale retail and restaurant space and a coworking space called Velocity. City Center’s total investment in downtown Allentown is $455 million, with another $235 million under development and $300 million in the planning stages. In 2017, the Downtown Allentown Revitalization District was honored with a Global Award of Excellence by the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Media Contact:
Jeff Vaughan, Vaughan Communications Group, [email protected], 610-533-4264

City Center Residential Scavenger Hunt!

City Center Residential Scavenger Hunt! 

City Center Residential is hosting a Scavenger Hunt for the entire month of July! Follow these simple steps and you can win a $100 gift card to a downtown restaurant or retailer of your choice. 

  1. Complete the items on the checklist (see below). Post a photo of you completing the task on your Instagram story or feed, tag @CenterSquareLofts and use the hashtag #CCRScavengerHunt.
  2. Keep track of how many points you’ve earned by checking off each completed task. 
  3. Once you earn 10 points, you’ll win a free ice cream from Batch Microcreamery!
  4. The person with the most points by August 1 will win a $100 gift card to a downtown restaurant or retailer of their choice! Second place will win a $50 gift card, and third place will win a $25 gift card.

We can’t wait to see your photos! Good luck! 

Rad Recipe of the Month: Southwestern Coleslaw

Southwestern Coleslaw

2 cups shredded green cabbage
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup shredded carrots
handful of cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons smoked paprika or a paprika based spice from our bulk spices such as chili powder, chipotle applewood rub, blackening seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together all the ingredients and enjoy. To make it, omit mayo and sour cream and use 2 tablespoons of olive oil instead.

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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.