The first apartments and businesses are expected to open in less than two years at Norton Crossing, a $50 million mixed-use development planned for the southwest corner of East Broad Street and South Hamilton Road in Whitehall.

“(Norton Crossing) will set the tone for what is possible (in Whitehall) … You will be proud when it is done,” said Frank Kass, chairman of Continental Real Estate Cos.

Kass said construction of Norton Crossing will begin early next year.

Norton Crossing, which will have offices, retail, residences, restaurants and a public park for community events, was called "the most significant redevelopment in our city’s history” by Mayor Kim Maggard.

“A lot of exceptional partners made (Norton Crossing) a reality,” Development Director Zach Woodruff said.

Norton Crossing will have 40,000 to 60,000 square feet of office space, about 20,000 square feet of retail and “thousands of upscale residential units for young professionals and empty nesters,” Woodruff said.

The “transformative” development will be a model for future projects, Woodruff said.

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