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SILK – a Creative Community Moves Toward Development Despite Recession

When leadership and teamwork are combined with vision and expertise, even a down economy can’t stand in the way of progress. We’re thrilled to pass along word that the redevelopment of the huge Simon Silk Mill complex in Easton, PA has passed the next great milestone, with the completion of the architectural and site plans. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2011. We were the arts and cultural planners called in at the start of the process, and it is a true joy to see a venture of this scale continue. Easton’s visionary Mayor, Sal Panto, Jr. deserves tremendous credit for strongly backing the concept of the mill property as a center for the arts and culture that will, in turn, continue to position downtown Easton itself as a cultural hub. Also hugely deserving of credit is Lafayette College, which has been a solid partner with the City in supporting the creation of what has now been branded as SILK, A Creative Community.

A number of this blog’s readers participated in discussions about SILK as a potential home for their studios and creative work. I think you’ll be as thrilled as we are with the progress that has been made.

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