Ultimately, in his 23-page decision, Reichley deemed that the arena, parking and even the Hamilton street restaurants were in keeping with ANIZDA's tax exempt mission to revitalize Allentown. The Morning Call
As I have recently posted, I don't believe that the NIZ really ever intended to revitalize Allentown, but was a ruse to subsidize J.B. Reilly. Lets be blunt, the intentions and credibility of whole Allentown affair is tainted. J.B. Reilly, according to reports published in The Morning Call, was preparing to contribute $50,000 to Pawlowski's campaign, just prior to the FBI raid last July. I would doubt that Reilly was making this donation because he thought that Pawlowski would better serve us in the senate than Pat Toomey. The Allentown NIZ was a scheme spawned in deception, from sending out straw buyers to intimidate the former merchants, to including the Morning Call property, to squash scrutiny from the press. The arena complex was broken down into condominium units, with certain area's deemed public, and other area's privately owned by J.B. Reilly. In addition to the taxing issues raised by the school district, which fox in the henhouse did the assessment prorations, assigning value to the different portions for this hybrid project?
ADDENDUM: The Morning Call article has a definite spin that the lawsuit threatened the continued revitalization of Allentown. This spin has been indicative of all Morning Call articles on the NIZ, especially by this reporter, Matt Assad. In reality, real revitalization of Allentown will only occur with improvement to the school district, which the ruling hampers.
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