Aug 17, 2016
A Joke in Allentown
According to news reports, J. B. Reilly got permission from the Allentown Zoning Board to demolish several buildings for his new Tower of (his) Opportunity at 6th and Hamilton. What suspense, who knew what would happen? Some of the comments reported at the hearing were precious. The Preservation People, not to be confused with the Village People, complained that the buildings to be demolished were historical. They wanted to know if Reilly could possibly incorporate the old brick facades into his modern glass and steel tower? Oh well puppies, you tried, have a doggy treat before your nap. The zoners were also adorable. One spoke about the economic gain for Allentown, I never knew that was a zoning consideration. Another suggested that the Preservation Puppies give tours of some other old buildings, and sensitize Allentown to the issue. Reilly's manager talked about the property taxes that will coming Allentown's way. Funny, but he never mentioned Reilly's appeal of the assessments on previous buildings, which were approved and constructed.