Projects - Reading Redevelopment Authority

Past Projects

  • Convention Center Hotel
  • Situated within Reading's Central Business Distinct, the proposed 189,100 sq. ft., four-star hotel will feature 212 guest rooms and 36,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space. Conveniently located directly across from the Sovereign Center, together the hotel and the Sovereign Center will provide a downtown "convention center site", appropriate for smaller conventions, association meetings, significant athletic events and numerous entertainment events. The Sovereign Center has stadium seating capacity for 7,500-to-9,000 spectators and full-floor capacity of 25,000 sq. ft. for exhibits and trade shows.

    The hotel will be operated as a franchised Doubletree Hotel, a division of Hilton Hotels, and is designed to include:
    • Seven story structure with first class exterior and interior finishes;
    • 208 guest units and four upscale suites;
    • Spacious lobby and reception areas with a full service restaurant, sports bar, and lobby lounge;
    • 36,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, including ten meeting rooms plus pre-function and break-out areas;
    • A 12,000 by 4,800 sq. ft. ballroom;
    • Swimming pool and exercise center;
    • Connection to the recently built 929-car parking garage.
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  • GoggleWorks Apartments
  • A multi-store middle-income apartment building with 59 units was completed in 2012 in the Entertainment District next to the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. With 44 two-bedroom and 15-one-bedroom apartments, the complex includes underground parking. The development was funded with private and Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds.

    NOW LEASING: 9 two-bedroom apartment units are still available.
    Please contact Carrie Neiswender at (610)-898-6138 or visit for more information.

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  • GoggleWorks
  • The GoggleWorks art center opened in 2005 and draws 300,000 visitors per year. It is a "performing" center with 34 art studios, 4 galleries for displays, numerous dance and music studios, a photography classroom, a digital media lab, a 131-seat film theater, a 3,000 sq. ft. glass-blowing facility, a 3,000 sq. ft. ceramic facility, a 2,000 sq. ft. jewelry studio, and office space for 26 local art/cultural organizations.

    The former Wilson Safety Glasses site was zoned commercial, and it was a Keystone Opportunity Zone property. The campus included 6 buildings with over 120,000 sq. ft. on 2.98 acres.
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  • Al Boscov Commemorative Garage & GoggleWorks Shops
  • The four-story parking garage at 2nd and Washington Streets opened in November, 2010, and services the GoggleWorks, the Reading 11 & IMAX movie theaters, the Riverfront, and other components in the entertainment district. 15,000 sq. ft. of prime real estate retail space has been set aside on the first floor of the garage for retail shops. Opened in April, 2011, the anchor tenant is the successful Panevino Italian restaurant.
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  • Reading 11 & IMAX Movie Theaters
  • Located directly across from the GoggleWorks, the RC Theatres multiplex cinema opened in August, 2008, and includes 11 movie screens and an IMAX theater.
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  • Buttonwood Gateway
  • The 14-acre site at River Road and Buttonwood Streets was home to a former factory abandoned in the 1950s. The Buttonwood Gateway redevelopment area is in a Keystone Opportunity Zone which means that tenants pay no state, city, county or school taxes until 2014.

    Sun Rich Fresh Foods is the anchor tenant, opening a 40,000 sq. ft. facility in 2008. Based in Vancouver, the fresh fruit producer has factories across North America. A $2million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 108 loan was secured for the project.

    The second of three tenants, Hydrojet manufacturers water-based cutting tools that are used to make parts for the Sikorsky aircraft company. Although Hydrojet already had a presence is the City of Reading, they wanted to expand and take advantage of the historically underutilized business zone which provides an advantage for securing government contracts. Their new 28,000 sq. ft. facility opened in 2009.

    The third tenant on Gateway Drive is Think Loud, LLC, and their data center will occupy 4.7 acres with a 25,000 sq. ft. building. They plan to create 100 new jobs.

  • KVP & Habisat Group
  • A West Coast company was interested in a 9-acre former wastewater treatment plant, and brownfield grants were used to clean-up the land. KVP, a manufacturer of plastic conveyor belting systems, moved into the space in 2003. The property has recently been acquired by Habisit Group.

  • Quaker Maid Meats
  • A new 40,085 sq. ft. facility opened in 2005 for Quaker Maid Meats. The 4-acre location had formerly been a commercial boiler factory, and grants were secured to assist with the remediation of the brownfield site. Quaker Maid expanded again in 2008, adding another 8,8000 sq. ft. to the new facility.

  • Sovereign Plaza
  • The 130,000 sq. ft. building at 5th and Penn Streets houses the administration and call center for Sovereign Bank. A $3.5 million HUD loan was facilitated by the agency.

  • Park Place on Penn (Phase I)
  • A gated condominium community, the development includes three buildings and 16 units. The first phase includes two buildings and 8 units. Celebrating the urban lifestyle, residents are able to enjoy City Park's beautiful grounds, Band Shell concerts and outdoor theatre, tennis and basketball courts, a playground area, and walking paths. Many fine restaurants, community theatres, galleries, and sporting arenas are nearby.
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  • YMCA of Reading & Berks County (RACP grant)
  • The project included central child care and branch renovations (phase I) as well as single room occupancy new construction (phase II). In the initial phase, new child care classrooms were created along with renovations to the pool area, locker rooms, youth gym, roof, and HVAC systems. In the second phase, 27 rooms were created for graduates of the four rehabilitation programs.

  • Convention Center Parking Garage
  • The 8-floor parking garage was completed in December, 2010, with 929 car spaces to support the new hotel and Sovereign Center.

  • Consolidated Public Works Building, 6th & Spring Streets
  • The RRA issued guaranteed lease revenue bonds in 2003 in the amount of $4.2 million to build a new public works facility on N. 6th Street, formerly known as the Outer Station site. The facility consists of various components including a parking garage, administration offices, storage sheds, fueling island, and salt dome. The project has received several awards for design and functionality.

  • Berks Women in Crisis (BWIC)
  • A tax-exempt bond equating to approximately $3.5 million in financing was secured for a new headquarters at 3rd and Chestnut Streets.