|Abe Atiyeh and Att'y Mark Malkames|
Even Stewart Early, a thorn in Atiyeh's side in previous zoning requests, told Atiyeh he was pleased.
Although zoners granted Atiyeh the necessary variance, it was conditioned on his agreement to withdraw a multitude of other appeals for residential treatment centers, including one to be located right by Bethlehem Catholic High School.
But then Atiyeh decided to appeal the decision, even though it gave him precisely what he wanted. That's because Atiyeh believes zoners have no legal authority to force him to withdraw one set of zoning appeals in order to get relief in an unrelated request.
Now Bethlehem has fired back.
On August 24, the City decided to appeal the Zoning Hearing Board's decision, too. Bethlehem's new zoning ordinance which the administration supported, provides for treatment centers like the one at 825 12th Avenue. So essentially, the City is challenging its own zoning ordinance.
So Atiyeh is appealing a decision giving him the relief he wanted while the City is challenging its own zoning ordinance.
Does any of this make any sense?