Legal challenge to Allentown hockey arena suffers setback

Published: Dec 19 2012 05:47:15 PM EST

A developer's legal challenge against the up-and-coming hockey arena in Allentown has suffered a setback.

A Lehigh County judge has thrown out one of two lawsuits filed by Abe Atiyeh.

The suit said Allentown's planning commission didn't follow zoning ordinances when it approved the project.

Atiyeh has filed a separate lawsuit over the Neighborhood Improvement Zone, the tax district that's helping to fund the arena.

He says it's unconstitutional.