Zoners say no to dance studio proposal

Zoners say no to dance studio proposal

There are 12 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jul 2, 2007, titled Zoners say no to dance studio proposal. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A dance studio proposed for Lehighton has been told it will have to sit out. The borough Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday rejected a plan to turn a building near Fourth and Mahoning streets into a dance studio, ...

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Sparta, NJ

#2 Jul 2, 2007
Abuse of power......hey where is the article about the solicitor of this group hitting a pedestrian with his car? Wow what a great job of reporting lets keep the community member with money and power a secret...How can the planning commission and the borough engineer ok this plan. There is no lawful basis to reject this plan. This will go to court and ultimately the tax payers will foot the bill so that the solicitor can pay the medical bill and insurance bill for striking that young kid. TYPICAL SMALL TOWN POLITICS! Hey I wonder who works in the building adjacent to the proposed studio? Ohhhhh I know. Isn't it Mrs. Semmel whose daughter in law owns a rival dance studio? Yep. What's a matter afraid of a little competition? Couple all this with the fact that these people want to add tax base to the community as well as fix up a building that is basically falling down. This whole thing is a travesty......hey Attorney Beyer nice driving.

“Dirk Duncum”

Since: Feb 07


#3 Jul 2, 2007
Zoning restrictions are socialistic and should be eliminated! They continually hinder the development of economic growth!

United States

#4 Jul 2, 2007
It's sad for the children, but there will be 3 dance studios within 4 blocks? Does Lehighton have that many children who want to be dancers? I'm just failing to understand WHY there is such a need. To keep children off of the streets, I'm sure there are MANY other ideas that could be done.
Blue Mountain

Fogelsville, PA

#5 Jul 2, 2007
There really is no need for another dance studio in Lehighton. These people didn't do their homework. If they would have asked questions and found out just what the zoning laws were, this would have never happened.
Live and learn.

Stanhope, NJ

#6 Jul 2, 2007
Its not what you want to do there it is what the town LORDS WANT. Belive me I have been there and know first hand how the town work if certain people with power want you in your in, but if not you might as well move to another town. I spent a ton of money and time to refurbish a building and the town made everything so restricktive that I could not stay so I moved and now have finally recouped most of the money I lost.
Ever a state Rep. that I spoke to told me that the town is its own little GOD and there is nothing he could do to help.
What a shame we have to deal with little want to be gods. At taxpayer expense. It SHOULD NOT BE!!!!

Bethlehem, PA

#7 Jul 2, 2007
Lehighton's zoning people are out of their minds. What a joke. It's no wonder people took their businesses out of town. All you have to do is drive through what used to be a thriving business district and you can see the effect.

I don't know the people involved with the dance studio but these places are harmless and good for the kids. There's so little to do in that town, they don't even have a pool, and you can see why with the zoning gods there's so little to do. Lehighton would absolutely be the last place I'd ever think of starting a business.

Malvern, PA

#8 Jul 3, 2007
mr. Mountain,

that's the point all the ordinances were folowed the plan was ok'd by the borough planners and the borough engineer. However, the Zoning Board just "Did not like the plan."
Blue Mountain

Fogelsville, PA

#9 Jul 3, 2007
Fat wrote:
mr. Mountain,
that's the point all the ordinances were folowed the plan was ok'd by the borough planners and the borough engineer. However, the Zoning Board just "Did not like the plan."
Was there no way they could find out ahead of time how many parking spaces would be needed for the business?(sorry, I am not a Mr.)
lehighton resident

Sparta, NJ

#10 Jul 3, 2007
another dance studio ... chezzzzzz!
if the people palnning to buy into a business as such they should've done there homework and another in that area . why the kids would be getting hit left and right...... really they should've established clientle ancd such info before jumping!
Blue Mountain

Fogelsville, PA

#11 Jul 3, 2007
They must have had some idea that they didn't have enough parking spaces. Why else would the mother have went and bought another building just to get more parking spaces? Only to find out the parking spaces for the building were residential, not commercial. Seems like they put the cart before the horse.

Sparta, NJ

#12 Jul 18, 2007
This is drifting off the subject of a dance studio..but does have to do with the arts. I've been thinking lately a community theater would be great to start in Lehighton. Everyone is always complaining there is nothing to do here and no culture. Just a thought.
This New Format Sux

Lawrenceville, GA

#13 Jul 18, 2007
Someone didn't pay off the right people enough ....

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