|Bangor Council Studies NIZ Resolution|
A growing number of municipalities, along with developer Abe Atiyeh, have sued in Commonwealth Court. Here's the latest.
Monday, May 14. - Lehigh Valley Ramblings receives a video showing that, in addition to four office buildings, NIZ developer J.B. Reilly plans a retail and residential component in three buildings located along North 7th and Linden Streets, near the arena.
Bangor Borough votes unanimously to join the NIZ litigation, making it the 17th municipal government to challenge the NIZ. Whitehall-Coplay School District and the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors have also voted to intervene.
Tuesday, May 15. - Neither Hanover nor Bethlehem Townships, spearheads of the NIZ litigation, schedule an "executive session" to discuss Allentown's settlement offer, which is a repetition of its previous settlement offer. Both Townships intend to discuss the matters, in the open, during their regular meetings this week.
Wednesday, May 16. - NIZ Board member Alan Jennings is listed as a panelist for a June 7 DeSales University NIZ Ethics Breakfast, replacing NIZ Board Chair Sy Traub and NIZ developer J.B. Reilly, both of whom have bowed out. Lehigh University's Steve Thode, who opposes the NIZ, is still listed as a panelist.
Thursday, May 17. - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski takes his NIZ battle to the public, in a seventeen minute interview on WFMZ-TV69.
Alan Jennings drops out of the NIZ ethics breakfast.
Upper Saucon and Catasauqua, represented by Attorney Jeff Dimmich, file a separate lawsuit attacking the legality of the NIZ.
Friday, May 18. - DeSales University cancels its June 7, 2012 breakfast discussion of ethical questions surrounding Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ). Professor Thode will have to eat alone.
Upcoming. - Will the peace talks continue? Bethlehem and Hanover Townships will decide this week.