Feb 29, 2012

Arena Project Growing Private Parts

The Morning Call team of Matt Assad and Scott Kraus broke the news that Pawlowski is pulling even more from his magic hat. The project now will include a hotel, office building and parking garage on the arena block. A new artist rendition shows the new structures. The Allentown Planning Puppies will be asked to lick their approval. Last round, they were overlooked, and miffed. One must wonder if construction is really slated to begin when the plans are in a state of constant flux? Who will own the hotel and office building? It's apparent that eminent domain was improperly threatened, because the project clearly will be mostly privately owned.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

The evil Pulpudski and his minions won't be satisfied until they have ravaged the entire region.

michael molovinsky said...

@5:21, although i will host your comment, this blog would prefer not bastardize names and assign evil intent. i do believe that mayor pawlowski is very misguided with this project.

Anonymous said...

Can this possibly be driven by any other intent than evil?
It's all about extracting money from where ever possible without regard for economics, history, or the desires of the citizenry.
Robbers filling their own and their cronies coffers.

Bill said...

We have an empty hotel and 6th and Hamilton and a Holiday Inn at 9th and Hamilton. What will the impact be on the Holiday Inn?

Did the city study Hotel usage and capacity or just sign on as it was a shiny new thing to point at to show progress.

Anonymous said...

Bill said...

We have an empty hotel and 6th and Hamilton and a Holiday Inn at 9th and Hamilton. What will the impact be on the Holiday Inn?

Did the city study Hotel usage and capacity or just sign on as it was a shiny new thing to point at to show progress.

March 1, 2012 6:25 AM

Bill's point is well said. Sadly, the 9th and Hamilton hotel's banquet room with dirty covered cloth chairs and carpet leaves much to be desired. Why isn't the city supporting this hotel before checking into another arena site?

Anonymous said...

It has to stand for, at least symbolize, something ... the fact that the Hotel at 15th and Hamilton is not even referred to as a hotel anymore.

(I guess that's because it is a flop house with a very, very well-known reputation)

Anonymous said...

so just build a shiny, expensive, new facility and gentrification will occur.
That would be a fantasy but these are real theives perpetrating this
rip off of hard working citizens.

Anonymous said...

What is the point of being a reliable member of the Rubber Stamp Council of Apparatchiks if one is never allowed to rubber stamp anything, Comrade Molovinsky?

I am still a little fuzzy about how this whole American system of Government works at both the local and Federal level ... but I have boundless Hope that great men like Chairman Pawlowski and General Secretary Obama can succeed with Change and effect their utopian visions of Transformation.

Shaibu!

VIKTOR TIKHONOV

Anonymous said...

Why put a hotel there. I'm sure the visiting hockey teams will stay at Hotel Bethlehem just like the Iron Pigs opponents do.
And how about Keith Groller's kiss-up to Service Electric's ability screw half the taxpayers out of seeing 'their' hockey team in 'their' palace. Disgraceful.

Anonymous said...

Bill said:

"Did the city study Hotel usage and capacity or just sign on as it was a shiny new thing to point at to show progress."

I would argue that our elected leaders in Allentown have completely thrown out one of the primary laws of economics - supply and demand. The hotel is the latest example of that.

Has anyone considered if all that office space is actually needed? Or what will happen to office space outside the NIZ once the taxpayer-subsidized NIZ buildings can undercut the rental rates of existing buildings?

This project has received less public vetting and scrutiny than our President. I didn't think that was possible.