Not unlike Jurassic Park, Allentown's NIZ is raising dinosaurs. Tomorrow's Morning Call announces that Bruce Loch wants to build the tallest building in Allentown, 33 stories. Loch is a developer from yesteryear, when Joe Daddona was mayor. Daddona sold all the little corner triangles in Allentown to Bruce Loch, and his building partner John Troxell. All those houses in Hamilton Park, the ones with few windows, on the small odd lots, were built by Loch/Troxell. Back in the day I took Troxell to zoning, because he wanted to build twins on a small lot. Although I succeeded in restricting him to a single house, after the hearing, he told me if he had his way he would parachute a dozen prefab boxes on the parcel. Needless to say, there's no market for Loch's skyscraper, but isn't Allentown's NIZ fun?
UPDATE: When you want permission to convert your useless old factory building into cubicle apartments for single mothers and their offspring, the buzz word is Loft Apartments. The Pawlowski Administration envisions yuppies sipping cappuccino. The new buzz word for the NIZ is restaurant. Loch is supposedly in negotiations for a new restaurant, how about the other 32 stories?