Jun 21, 2012

Arena Shenanigan Continues

The State House will amend the NIZ legislation to address the complaints in the lawsuits, and arena construction will resume. Although there may be a few hockey fans gladdened by this news, I have yet to met anyone who believes that the project will Transform Allentown. I have yet to meet anyone who believes that fans will remain in town after the games, to patronize the local establishments. Justin Simmons, boy representative from the 131st District, summed up the current thinking,"You can't have a hole in the middle of Allentown." If Justin knew more Allentown and it's history, he might well conclude that a hole is better for the town than the arena. In conjunction with the arena, J.B. Reilly is building a hotel. This new hotel will render the older hotel at 9th and Hamilton Streets into flophouse status. Over the years, one administration after another, had kept that place viable with financial assistance. Although Mayor Heydt had torn down Hess Brothers, and likewise created a hole for a hockey arena, eventually, Liberty Trust built the Plaza for PPL. Pawlowski's expensive hole has some potential of attracting viable users, while the arena condemns Allentown to failure. Currently, we have the south side of Allentown virtually isolated because this administration allowed the 15th Street Bridge to rust away. We have a swimming pool closed because this Administration wouldn't spend $160,000 on repairs. We have a dirty, crime ridden city which will now be preoccupied with propping up a quarter billion $dollar hockey arena for the next 30 years. I'll take the hole any-day.

current hotel and future flophouse at 9th and Hamilton Street

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could not agree more. Justin Simmons represents the typical political logic that is destroying our economy. The whole commercial real estate market will suffer. The poaching will continue. Everyone loves "new" but new becomes old and that does not take too long. Many can remember the days when The Hilton was supposed to have saved Allentown. What happened? The only quasi successful establishment in Allentown recent redevelopment history is a bar. If that is not telling.

michael molovinsky said...

@7:27, if you're referring to the brew works, they received numerous grants and considerations. the real, and only success story of hamilton street is croc rock, which hasn't received one dime. to me, that really tells something about taxpayer incentives.

Anonymous said...

Being a resident of A-town for over ten years now, my only hope is to see the addition of many more holes (and could the city please buy my house for ten times it's worth, or must a make a contribution to the mayor first?)

Anonymous said...

"June 21, 2012 7:47 AM"
Is there a list I can sign also?
I've been here 20 years and will accept double the value of the doubled tax increase I just received.
This would all be funny if it weren't so damned tragic.

Anonymous said...

If the State Representatives (and State Senators) go along with this, they will be doing their consitituents a disservice.

The problem of poaching isn't solved, nor is the issue of stealing state money for needed state programs. That "stolen" money will have to be made up by state taxpayers.

They should do nothing and let the NIZ die in court.

This solution is a slam. I hope no voter in any municipality lets their representative off the hook for voting for this change.

Anonymous said...

The hole is the best thing for now? It must be sicured from the vegrants that have infected cityhall with this administration. Than there are the vegrents that infect harriburg the king corbet is slippery as an eel so watch while he is on the floor of the house because he will try to sqirm out on his positions athurity because the cash has been passed

Anonymous said...

Chairman Pawlowski and unstoppable City Hall win again.

Like THAT was ever in doubt.

Consider The City With No Spending Limits saved, Comrade Naysayer.

Shaibu!

VIKTOR TIKHONOV

Anonymous said...

Didn't allentowns tax base bend over for fegleys to come to allentown like johnny mannas, tc salon and all others the king corted this is a joke like this administration rapeing and pillidging allentowns tax base LMFAO rollin in the brown hole

Anonymous said...

"The arena itself, at $ 158.0 million, is roughly double the cost of most recent minor league arenas built over the past decade.

No one has spent more than $ 100.0 million on an arena with a minor league hockey team as its principal tenant."

"WITHOUT SUBURBAN TAX MONEY, DOES ARENA SHRINK"

The Morning Call - 21.June 2012

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I appreciate the professional way in which your local paper buries this potentially-embarrassing financial fact at the very end of the article.

If you were more cooperative and community-minded like that, Comrade Molovinsky, then the transformative Potemkin Palace of Sport might be half-built by now.

You should adopt a more progressive attitude and rehabilitate yourself immediately.

;-)

VIKTOR TIKHONOV

Anonymous said...

I know you will never allow this to post. But I know you will read it. You are a grumpy old man that doesn't even live in the city of Allentown. And hates everything that is new a growing I am sure you did not attend the party tonight. There were over 500 people who showed up. Write a post about that. Allentown is progressing while you attempt to drag it down. I hope that everything in South Whitehall was comfortable for you. Asshole!

michael molovinsky said...

@3:53, not only am I posting your comment, I replied in a separate post.

Anonymous said...

if the claimed 500 of you partiers all show up at every event, the "arena" will still go under.

Anonymous said...

Thanx for the picture shopping at the local pawn shops always liked that man. I have not seen him mm was he part of the cancer that was removed? LMFAO always rollin in the Brown hole!

Buy and buy who or what sited the retaining walls up in the brown hole, must have been at fegleys first?

Anonymous said...

Hydroseed the darn big hole between 6th and 7th and call it "palowski Park".