citycenterThe redevelopment of Allentown, led by Executive Forum member City Center Lehigh Valley, was recognized globally by Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017 Global Awards for Excellence. Twenty-five extraordinary developments from around the world have been selected as finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017 Global Awards for Excellence, which is widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious award programs. This year’s finalists include three located in Asia, two in Europe, and 20 in North America.

“Each of these finalists demonstrates a thoughtful, innovative approach to urban development that is adding to the sustainability and livability of the communities in which they are located,” said Global Awards Jury Chairman Wendy Rowden, president, 42nd Street Development Corp., New York City. “The attention paid to project detail, flexible design, and neighborhood context were among the factors making these entries stand out. They represent the type of development that will withstand the tests of time and change.”


Allentown was recognized for what ULI referred to as the Downtown Allentown Revitalization District. That includes the PPL Center Arena block and City Center Lehigh Valley development and those associated with the development.

Some of the other nominated projects include the Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China; The Marine Gateway in Vancouver, Canada; the Moderna Lofts in Jersey City, N.J.; and Half Moon Village in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 40,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines, including more than 2,000 in the Asia Pacific region.