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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Good to Be Back

and see that nothing has changed. Last week, Mayor Reed led the announcement of a new hotel project at Second and State. It was to be privately financed and built quickly. But alas, a detail was left out - current zoning doesn't allow a hotel at that location. Now the developer says unless he gets the zoning law changed by late October, the project is dead.

Yessiree, folks, it is another example of a press release and plans with nothing behind it.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/patriotnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1158200708217990.xml&coll=1

7 Comments:

Blogger Aries708 said...

Not to engage in a courthouse redux, but any reconsideration of zoning in the city should be done with considerable care and forethought.

City neighborhoods with actual housing should be the first priority. Let's protect and nurture them, especially in areas of the city that are in disrepair.

On a similar note, it was nice to see a news story on the tube about housing revitalization in Allison Hill. Based on the story, the housing "should" be affordable for lower income brackets.

Safe, affordable, clean, and aesthetic housing for all I say.

September 14, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

Actually, I agree with you - I'm not urging a "quick approval" for the plan. There needs to be a comprehensive reassessment of zoning, so that persons who do want to spend their development dollar can do so knowing what the rules are. This ad hoc business is stupid.

I was just commenting on the persitence of the "issue a press release and it's reality" mentality around here. Don't issue press releases until you know the project is a go. All that does is discourage others from considering that particular site for anything. That's what has happened with the African-American Museum real estate.

September 14, 2006  
Anonymous Josh said...

Come on! There is $10million behind this project; that is hardly nothing!!

I agree that the city needs comprehensive zoning reform, but the city also cannot afford to let this project slip away.

I do believe that both are possible.

September 14, 2006  
Blogger Aries708 said...

The Mayor is no fool. I think his downtown development by way of press release is done to both maximize the perception that he is "on the job" and done to put pressure on city council to move quickly.

I think he gets his way more often when items are moved through council because expediency is required, rather than careful deliberation. The big stick here being that we could "lose" a good deal of that cash pot behind this venture. Whether that is fact is unknown to me.Crazy as it sounds I think this is his M.O.

Sometimes I think the Mayor gets us off track, but I still feel like the city is moving forward. Just not as quickly as I would like.

Easy for me to say though, I just pay taxes and gripe on blogs. ;-)

September 14, 2006  
Blogger GastonStreet said...

Thank goodness you do Aries, gripe on blogs, that is. New perspective, always thought Mayor Reed had a twisted reason for his hasty press releases, just never put two and two together quite like you. Thanks for posting the obvious!

September 15, 2006  
Blogger Aries708 said...

Time to start a new thread Anniken... The Tax Man is coming for us in 2007!!!!!!!

Check it out: http://www.wgal.com/news/9874961/detail.html

Reed is quoted as saying: "[T]hat as a last resort, the city might have to lay off city workers, including police officers. Reed also proposed raising sewer rates 15 percent and also suggested that real estate taxes should be raised. The amount of a real estate tax increase would be determined when the 2007 budget is prepared.

His lays out many reasons for said possible increases.

September 18, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

Been too busy making a living to post!

September 18, 2006  

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