Jul 14, 2016
Allentown Planning Puppies Make LIttle Barks
The Allentown Planning Puppies are adorable. Although, they approved Reilly's Tower of Condo Speculation, they are concerned about Hamilton Street losing its historical character. I have no idea what these puppies are talking about; there hasn't been any historical consideration on Hamilton Street since the Pawlowski era began, and certainly there is no character.
Allentown's Preservation League also chimed in. They don't mind historical buildings being demolished for new development, but they don't think that buildings should be demolished for speculation, like the former Elks Club on South 8th Street. Of course, those enablers didn't protest at the time. Understand that the arena complex demolished 37 buildings, of which 34 were historic, and several were unique, one of a kind in Allentown. Reilly just demolished another square block for his now, put on hold, twin mega towers.
When the Hamilton Street treasure shown above, in the 700 block, was demolished for the arena, save for this blogger, there was no concern for its loss. There wasn't a sound from any of the puppies mentioned here.
The current office condo project must still go in front of Allentown's zoning board, and Historical Architectural Review Board. Oh, the suspense, will the Reilly project get the final go ahead from the city?