Project Description

Project Details

Lighting along north-south streets in the Southside commercial district was identified as a community priority in the Southside Vision Master Plan 2014-2024, and art and street lighting have been components of all community plans developed for south Bethlehem, including the South Bethlehem Eastern Gateway Vision Study, the Four Blocks International Conceptual Streetscape Design Plan, and the Southside: Streetscape Enhancement Plan for the Southside Bethlehem Community Benefit District. However, each of these plans focused on a specific neighborhood without offering a comprehensive look at the lighting needs and potential for the entire Southside. As Southside Vision and community partners seek to promote a unified community through neighborhood marketing campaigns such as Southside Proud, logo standardization, and directional signage, a unified lighting plan could provide a visual link among all south Bethlehem’s neighborhoods and institutions.

South Bethlehem’s commercial district stretches from Five Points (Broadway and Wyandotte Streets) in the west to Lynn Avenue in the east. The primary east-west corridors are Third and Fourth Streets, and the South Bethlehem Greenway runs parallel between the two. Except for South New Street, Brodhead Avenue, and Hayes Street, all of which are the sites of current construction or revitalization projects, the north-south connector streets are narrow and poorly lit, and residents have identified improving walkability of these streets as a priority. In addition to commercial activity in the neighborhood, many of the north-south connectors are residential, and there is a significant residential neighborhood located between the Third and Fourth Street corridors on the eastern end of south Bethlehem.

The Southside Vision Development Committee seeks a lighting design firm to develop a comprehensive lighting plan for south Bethlehem. A comprehensive plan will:

  1. Inventory existing streetscape, artistic, and architectural lighting in south Bethlehem
  2. Examine prior recommendations and streetscape plans for the area, including:
  3. Provide prioritized recommendations for lighting guidelines and key areas or features to illuminate, with an indication of approximate cost to implement and provide ongoing maintenance for projects (as appropriate). Recommendations requested include, but are not limited to:
  • Guidelines and recommendations for lighting new structures developed in south Bethlehem
  • Identification of specific areas to target for artistic lighting projects that further the objectives outlined in section four–eg. “Theater Row” on Polk Street
  • Recommendations for neighborhood-wide and targeted lighting projects

Project Budget 2018-2019:

Project Duration:



2018 to Present

Development Committee

Southside Vision: A Community-Driven Initiative

This project was made possible thanks to additional support from several community partners.


Southside Vision 2020 is a 6-year revitalization program of the Community Action Development Corp. of Bethlehem ( and the City of Bethlehem, with financial support from PPL Corporation, Just Born Quality Confections, Provident Bank, Peoples Security Bank & Trust, with tax credits from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. Community-based projects are funded on a yearly basis by the Southside Vision Steering Committee in alignment with the Southside Vision 2014-2024 Master Plan. Connect with us to join a committee or propose a project!