I knew it! I just knew it! Something is rotten on River Street in Wilkes-Barre and I could smell it a mile away. The stench is coming from the old Hotel Sterling and it's not from the flood waters that filled the building several months back. The wretched odor is from the Hotel Sterling project which now includes the demolition of the grand old hotel. Yesterday, a federal grand jury ordered the clowns at the county courthouse to turn over all documents related to the project. As we all know or may not know, the county loaned CityVest, the owner of the Sterling $6 million dollars for restoration of the hotel. Instead this money was used to tear down the 14 story high rise portion of the building. CityVest is now out of funds and can not come up with the $26.8 to $35.6 million clams to complete the project. Just recently, the building was mysteriously condemned due to flood waters that allegedly weakened the structure beyond repair. Then a few weeks ago, our three stooges at the courthouse voted to allocate $1 million in federal dollars toward the demolition. The demolition most likely will take place well over a year from now.
Like I said before, this entire thing stinks! The smell of corruption here wafts through the air like the Sanitation plant in Hanover during a heat wave. To me it appears that money was sliding from hand to hand with it not being spent on the project. It also seems that some of the costs incurred by the project may have been inflated due to the greasing of some pockets. Welcome to Luzerne County. This crap happens all of the time and that is why our county is flat broke! The actual grand jury charges have not been determined yet, but I bet embezzlement, theft of funds and misappropriations of funds will be included. I know I can't wait to see how all of this unfolds. I knew it stunk like a skunk road kill in August.
House of Kroy tour - *...sans the basement and garage.*
10 months ago