Redevelopment at the Commodore building in Easton nearly ready to begin

By: Emma Wright |

Renamed The Commodore, the nearly 100,000 square feet of mixed use space is located at 100 Northampton Street.

Redevelopment has been years in the making. Developer Garett Vassel of the Optima Durant Group, unveiled the renderings to prospective tenants on Wednesday. He says there has been a lot of interest in the office and retail space from the Lehigh Valley.

The first floor will be retail space; two units a little over 800 square feet each. The second floor will offer built-to-suit office space, with its own lobby. The residential floors begin with a private lobby. 32-rental units will include balconies with large windows, and high ceilings, elevators, a courtyard, and a gym. The top floor will offer a custom indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant space with floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

“I’ve been taken aback by the level of interest [in the restaurant space] from groups that have properties in Texas, Pittsburgh. Almost a random regional and national lot,” Vassel said.

“It’s not just a matter of filling the space just to fill it up. I want to think about the full blend. If I’m a resident, I want to know what the two retail spaces are going to be, who is going to be in there.”

Vassel says he is in the final stages of securing building permits from the city of Easton and closing on the financing.

Once those steps are completed, construction may begin this year.

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