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Wilkes-Barre PA, March 25 2011.
Just days after news broke that the historic Hotel Sterling may face the wrecking ball, a grass roots movement calling for preservation of the building held their first public demonstration. The fate of the Sterling may rest in the hands of CityVest, a non-government organization that took control of the property more than 10 years ago through a series of complicated transactions with the city of Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne County officials.
In 2006, Rogers told the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader:
"We are greatly encouraged that the buildings that have been blighted for several years will be renovated."
Alex Rogers, executive director of CityVest says that his organization has exhausted all other possible options to develop the property. Local residents are asking how and why Rogers' allowed the property to deteriorate to its present state while managing to burn through 7 million dollars of state, county and federal funds earmarked for revitalizing the property that was once a beloved landmark in downtown Wilkes-Barre. In 2006, Rogers told the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader: "We are greatly encouraged that the buildings that have been blighted for several years will be renovated."
And then he cackled loudly and lit an expensive cigar with a flaming 100 dollar bill.(1)
(1) This part didn't really happen. At least, not that time we were hanging out with Alex Rogers while he was "making it rain" for all the lovely ladies inside Wilkes-Barre's only fully nude "gentlemen's" club: G-Club Ten.
(1) Days after the 1972 Agnes flood, Wilkes-Barre's Hotel Sterling sustained thousands of dollars in damages and was closed for almost sixty days.
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According to this story by Jennifer Learn-Andes in the Times-Leader, Wilkes-Barre's Hotel Sterling may soon be a pile of rubble.
Despite being part of the River Street Historic District, (and by proxy, included in the National Register of Historic Places) the future looks rather bleak for the 113 year old downtown landmark. County Commissioner Stephen Urban told the Leader: “I believe there’s a consensus among commissioners that if we provide money to bring the property down, we then want site control.”
Sounds like it's already a done deal if Urban and the various factions involved are already jockeying for position. And those factions include the usual suspects that attach themselves like leeches to projects attracting federal, county or state funding.
John Morgan of the Pennsylvania Progressive does a much better job then we (or the Times-Leader) could, unraveling the many wicked, wicked ways that the future of the Sterling was doomed from the start.
Check out this great photo gallery of the Hotel Sterling on Flickr.
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According to Pittstonpolitics.com, Luzerne County Judge Joseph Cosgrove was collecting petition signatures at a local Republican event, a move that signals a likely election run for permanent office. Cosgrove took a bit of a holier-than-thou stance when he was appointed to fill the county judicial slot in 2009, telling the Citizens' Voice:
Cosgrove's appointment by PA Governor Ed Rendell was expected to be a temporary position, filling the vacancy left by the ousting of "alleged" dirtbag Judge Mark Civarella.
Cosgrove's been a high-profile guy since his law school days at Notre Dame, where his extracurricular activities included dressing as an Irish stereotype and performing happy little jigs for a stadium filled with beer-sotted football fans.
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Since his salad days as Congressman Daniel Flood's poodle wrangler, Mitchell's been the go-to guy for a long list of politicos -- as well as other folks who depend on them for their livelihood.
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