December 23rd, 2022

Da Vinci Center Receives Financing to Fund Their New Science Center

The Da Vinci Center at PPL Pavilion has been issued a $5.5M Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) Term Loan Note from the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority (ANIZDA) and an additional $11.9M Gaming and Economic Development Find Term Loan Note all to fund the new Da Vinci Science Center in downtown Allentown. The new center, in the heart of Allentown at the PPL Pavilion at 18-28 N. 8th St., will be a state-of-the-art regional center dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) education in Center City.

The team of Gross McGinley Attorneys including Jackson E. Eaton, Stuart T. Shmookler, Loren Speziale, Jake Oldaker, and Mike Horvath are proud to have been a part of this process and to partner with the amazing organizations that made this possible. It was a team effort with the Business Services Support Group stepping up to assist. Attorney Jack Gross is also vice-chairman of the board of Trustees for Da Vinci Center and a life-long resident of Allentown who takes great pride in the improvements of the community.

Construction of the new science center has been underway since April of 2022 and is well on its way to becoming an integral part of educating the community and beyond throughout all of Lehigh Valley. Expected to open in 2024, the facility is expected to attract 400,000 visitors annually and will be equipped “with classrooms outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and an expanded array of STEAM programming designed to excite young minds and serve as a community hub and conduit to STEM careers.” (

Congratulations to the Da Vinci Center on these next steps toward educating and enriching our communities.

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