Thursday, June 01, 2017
DaVinci to Pitch $130 Million Easton Aquarium Again
Easton already has an agreement to purchase Days Inn. That aging hotel will be demolished and replaced with a 170,000 sq ft facility that includes a science center, a 500,000 gallon aquarium with large view panes, an Aquarium Restaurant and an event center with seating for 500, an immersion theater, a creativity studio or "Fab lab," classrooms and offices.
Erickson never bothered telling NorCo Council, when she pitched successfully for a $50,000 grant, that a similar project was under consideration in Monroe County. Nor did she tell them when she later came back in a failed attempt for another $50,000.
Amazingly, Erickson only knew about this because Diane Donaher, NorCo's former Director of Community and Economic Development, told her. Donaher told Erickson, but never bothered to tell Council. Erickson explained that she had no idea if the plan was moving ahead or not, so she never told Council. Phillips found that explanation to be "disingenuous," but Glenn Geissinger said it would be "absolutely unreasonable to have asked you to notify us of a project that may or may not exist."
According to WNEP-16, Ripley's Aquarium was in talks with Tobyhanna officials to build its fourth aquarium near the Kalahari resort.
My guess is that Erickson would like some more of Northampton County's hotel taxes.