Enough with the Palmer Township warehouses. There are already too many. | Turkeys & Trophies

TURKEYS

The argument that why warehouses – and nothing else – were the only developments built in Palmer Township’s Chrin Mall has some merit. An economic symptom of the COVID-19 pandemic was an e-commerce boom and those goods had to be stored somewhere near markets in Philadelphia and New York. But he’s a cop for Palmer Township Supervisors blame the pandemic for a development largely undesirable by his constituents, and it is disappointing that the Charles Chrin Enterprises failed to deliver on the promise of a mix of industries, retail, restaurants and hotels in the center. We’re guessing a Sheetz and Wendy’s aren’t what ratepayers had in mind for the center’s retail and restaurant components. It behooves the developer to do better, especially since his center is the beneficiary of a tax-raise funding scheme that has diverted school district, county, and township tax revenue to paying for the Route 33 interchange which provides convenient access to the center. Township supervisors also have a duty to hold the developer accountable. We understand that warehouses are going to be part of the equation given the center’s location, but it was sold to us as a “mall”, not a “warehouse center”.

TROPHIES

Easton Area School District this year will hold its comeback at Cottingham Stadium for the first time since 1985. The reasoning is that an outdoor gathering is preferable to an indoor gathering during a pandemic. It will be the first time in two years, thanks to the pandemic, that the traditional ceremony will take place. It’s a good call from the district, which in recent years has joined other school districts in using Stabler Arena as a venue. Nothing against Stabler, but we can’t think of a better place for graduating Red Rovers than Cottingham. It may be worth making this move permanent.

East Stroudsburg University, like others in the Pennsylvania state higher education system, remains a relatively affordable option for a four-year education for those who live in the state and can qualify for cheaper in-state tuition . While the resident break makes sense from the perspective that taxes subsidize college, we think it makes more sense to give out-of-state residents the option to get a break as well. ESU announced last week that it would offer a reduced rate to freshmen and new transfers who live in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia. It will also be offered to pursuing students in those states beginning in fall 2022. This is a good move and will attract more students to ESU. Ultimately, keeping the student population at a healthy level is what will ensure the viability of the university. And, in a broader sense, providing more opportunities for those with limited means to go to college is a win for everyone, not just college.

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