dhafpA new era is being ushered in for the City of Hazleton, with Downtown Hazleton undergoing a revitalization that preserves its historic character while creating new opportunities that reflect the changing times.

The community effort is backed by the CAN DO Community Foundation, along with numerous other groups, leaders and businesses. The CAN DO Community Foundation played a leading role in initiating downtown revitalization after holding a communitywide strategic planning session that led to the development of the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress [visit site]. This group is working to develop a cohesive study of downtown Hazleton to determine how to create economic development opportunities and how to improve the aesthetics of the downtown area.

Signs of progress in the revitalization are becoming evident throughout downtown Hazleton, beginning with the near-completion of the Broad Street Corridor Project, a major undertaking that added turning lanes, synchronized traffic lights and placed new sidewalks throughout a 4-mile area in Hazleton and West Hazleton. New American, Pennsylvania and CAN DO flags outside the CAN DO building at Broad and Church streets complement the new sidewalks, and the creation of a downtown overlay district will enhance the city’s attractiveness to residents, businesspeople and visitors. And in one of the biggest projects, DHD Realty, led by local business leaders Neal and Paul DeAngelo and George F. Hayden, is renovating two office buildings to create office space, jobs and additional economic opportunities.

thumb downtown-hazleton-pa-02Members of the CAN DO Community Foundation will be part of the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress’ governance committee, helping determine how the group is functioning and how it is meeting the objectives set for itself. They will also assist in raising funds to establish the nonprofit organization.