P3 Arts Venue Wins Award

Bethlehem, Pa. has received a national award for how it developed and re-purposed a former Bethlehem Steel Plant through a public-private partnership (P3) arts project.

The SteelStacks campus, which opened in 2011, won the national Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, which includes a $50,000 prize. About 1.5 million people annually visit the 9.5-acre campus that is home to arts and visitors centers, studios, public plazas and more.

WRT of Philadelphia designed SteelStacks. A P3 led by the city and its Redevelopment Authority developed the $93.5 million campus, which was financed via a tax increment financing district.

“Projects like SteelStacks provide an example of how thoughtful design, public-private partnerships, historic preservation, environmental sustainability and creative financing can play a central role in community health and community renewal and longevity,” Tony Hanna, the redevelopment authority’s executive director, told The Morning Call.

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