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A Lehigh County borough has come up with a creative solution to deal with an eyesore, buy it! Catasauqua officials say they have big plans for the former F.L. Smidth property.
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Debb

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May 4, 2011
 
This is a bad idea!!!!!!!!!!
grizzley319

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May 4, 2011
 
Barring any hazardous material removal. This is a great idea. Front St. in Catasaqua has been on the down swing for years. Its a shame they couldnt attract some industry back. It would be nice to see rail traffic come back there.
Barry Hay

Allentown, PA

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May 5, 2011
 
It is amazing that now they can buy and use the area. When in the past in the area was suggested to put the High School on the area just beyond this and then when Fuller Co FLS moved that the Junior school might be built there and make a nice school complex, but it is a flood zone and nothing can be built there now what has changed?
Oh that is right, they said that the Company would never move from there..
Kudos to Catty

Bethlehem, PA

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May 5, 2011
 
What a great plan! It's like following in Bethlehem's foot steps and they've done AMAZING things with their downtown. I drive through Catty everyday and see new businesses leave as fast as they come in - they don't even have a chance the way things are now. It's great to see that the borough is actually taking a proactive approach for their future to ensure they don't become like other railroad or coal mining towns in PA - extinct, broken down and neglected. Great job, Catasauqua! I hope the town's people can see what a blessing this could be and not let fear of change get in the way.
FED

Palm Bay, FL

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May 5, 2011
 
Have the city apply for a Community Development Block Grant. Covers both land and fire station.

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Since: Nov 10

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May 5, 2011
 
Fear of change has nothing to do with this, that's Vince rhetoric. Using all reserve monies is a bad idea, Murphy's law will happen. Taxes will rise in an era where there are so many "for sale" signs in this town it is incredible. We are losing our tax base house by house and now we that are still here will bear a greater burden. The projections given for recoup are years in the future but the financial burden to an already burdened community, as other communities, will be painful. Amazingly enough, no information from council to constituents regarding the amount of that burden has been mentioned. The council voted to buy the George Taylor building too, and where is any windfall from that lemon? Many stores have tried to succeed, as council members know, on Front St. and due to "no foot traffic" have failed. I have very cautious optimism regarding another purchase of the George Taylor magnitude, as evidenced by same. Unfortunately, I don't think all of the facts have been released about contamination, about the true cost to us as taxpayers, and exact plans. Elections are coming...unsatisfied voters tend to vote out those that they don't trust are doing the job in our best interests, even if that trust is based in perception. As we know, perception is indeed, reality.

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May 5, 2011
 
grizzley319 wrote:
Barring any hazardous material removal. This is a great idea. Front St. in Catasaqua has been on the down swing for years. Its a shame they couldnt attract some industry back. It would be nice to see rail traffic come back there.
Yup, so much pressure was applied to one business, the stress killed the owner.
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May 5, 2011
 
Yeah I said that wrote:
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Yup, so much pressure was applied to one business, the stress killed the owner.
I dont live in Catty, but I have many relatives there. I just remember when the trolly and the trains used to use front street and the area where the mill used to be. It would be nice to see it revitalized either way.

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May 5, 2011
 
I agree with you actually...I don't remember this town that far back. It is a wonderful place to live though...I apologize if it appeared that my comment was directed at you.

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