For now, a 21-acre former industrial site in Allentown’s Union Terrace neighborhood will remain undeveloped.
City Council on Wednesday night voted down a rezoning request for the two parcels that comprise the site where Abe Atiyeh and Stephen Rohrbach had planned to build up to 200 homes. The developers argued that rezoning the land for medium-density residential development would be more productive than the current parkland zoning.
The site includes a former quarry that has since been filled in, and contamination precludes the city from developing the land into a park. Allentown planning staff had said housing would be a more viable use.
But City Council rejected the zoning change in a vote of 5-2, citing concerns that