Allentown Zoners: Corner Grocery “Too Intense” for NIZ

Could this be the stupidest decision of the year?

Authority executive director Scott Unger said a special use application from Pioneer Building developer Krishna Dev was given a thumbs down by the Zoning Hearing Board on Dec. 10. Unger said the zoners found the developer’s request to have the building’s first floor as a corner grocery “too intense” for the neighborhood.


  1. There’s a lot of competition for that title–let’s be honest!

    • Jon Geeting says:

      For sure. Just think it’s nuts that any use would be deemed too intense in the area that they picked for higher growth. Especially a corner grocery store

  2. People get pretty fired up in the produce department. That could spill over into the neighborhood.

  3. Jon, this is exactly what I’ve been talking about. This corner store is close to the DMZ and would be used by people in the neighborhood. The creators of the NIZ want all the goddamned dirty mexicans, niggers and white trash to stay on the other side of the line, except when they put on a uniform and sell hot dogs and beer at hockey games. But when their shift is over, they’re to get back across the line where they belong.

    It’s racism, pure and simple. And in an honest moment you’ll admit that.

  4. Jon, please delete the Comment, John says: December 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm. I appreciate your efforts to maintain an open forum. But this language violates the most generous delineation of basic, common decency.

    • Gene I’m glad you got angry. I hope you got angrier than you’ve been in a long time.

      Now I ask that you direct that anger at those who are doing the discriminating against the people in the neighborhood. Censoring an accurate message accomplishes nothing.

      • Jon Geeting says:

        There’s a certain class of older white guy who can’t understand why he’s not allowed to say the n-word. It almost never works.

        Anyway it’s a stupid theory. It’s not the ACIDA board rejecting the grocery store, it’s the zoners! Your theory was that the ACIDA board would reject minority applications. That is not who is rejecting the grocery store.

        Zoners turn down projects because of tight parking all the time, apparently preferring a boarded up vacant building to a busy corner where parking is tight. It’s happened in Bethlehem multiple times this year. I think it’s stupid. If you, like me, want the process to be less politicized then you need to support form-based zoning.

        • Jon I’m glad Gene got angry and I hope you did too.

          Your trying to explain away another racist move by Pawlowski doesn’t hold up. The city is rejecting the store because it’s “too intense” in a neighborhood where they’re putting a 10,000 seat arena? Where there thousands of parking spots that will be empty all day? Come on. Besides, corner stores aren’t ones people drive to, they’re stores people walk to.

          Your attempt to separate the city and the ACIDA doesn’t hold as they’re all working together. Example, the NIZ regulations require city approval as part of their process.

          You know it and I know it. They don’t want neighborhood residents coming over the line.

          • Jon Geeting says:

            The hold up isn’t with the ACIDA board, it’s with the zoners. They’ve rejected other projects for lack of parking. It’s a stupid point, you just wanted to say the n-word.

          • Where did you see that it was declined for lack of parking?

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