Feb 8, 2009
Golf Course Shenanigans 2
Original Posting on Dec. 24;
According to an article by Jarrett Renshaw in today's Morning Call, the long term (more than ten years) operator of the restaurant at the golf course has been out maneuvered by Mayor Pawlowski. Although his bid was identical to the successful bidder, the winner provided better answers to a questionnaire; so much for the concept of respecting an existing tenant and his track record. The new tenant, Allentown Brew Works, also has a track record with the city and taxpayers. Jarrett Renshaw writes, "The awarding of the Brew Works contract continues a long line of public support to the Allentown Brew Works, which has enjoyed more than $4.5 million in local, state and federal loans and grants to renovation and construction. The public support includes more than $90,000 in direct taxpayers support from the city of Allentown for design and facade improvements. In addition, the Allentown restaurant sits in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, which means it's exempt from most state and local taxes until 2011."
The decision was not officially made by Pawlowski, but by his five-person committee of city officials. Rumor of this shenanigan has been circulating town for several weeks.
Jarrett Renshaw now reports on the Queen City Blog*, that the out maneuvered operator of the golf course grill, Robert Stanley, appeared before Allentown City Council, to no avail, with over 150 golfer signatures asking the city to retain his Sand Trap Grille. Pawlowski defended his decision to "upgrade" the concession and "create a destination that appeals to more than just golfers." Someone should inform the Mayor, and City Council, that the golf course, parking lot and concession is for the golfers. The only upgrades needed are the elected officials at City Hall.