A motion to repeal the county’s Affordable Housing Fund ordinance was on the agenda for first reading and discussion Wednesday night, but tabled by commissioners and sent back to committee for more study.
Explained Scheller: “We felt the need to gather more information, allow more public input and understand what the program does for the residents and how it is delivered to those residents before we can make a determination as to whether that program should be continued or not.”
She stressed commissioners will make no decision until after an “in-depth” public hearing is held. No date has been set for that hearing, but Scheller promised “plenty of notice will be given.”
She stressed the commissioners want to be thoughtful and very deliberate about making any changes to programs that may impact county residents.
Also during the meeting, commissioners unanimously approved a lease agreement for a bagel and deli restaurant to open in the first floor of the county-owned Hamilton Financial Center Building at 640 Hamilton St., Allentown. Commissioners expect that establishment to open by late spring.
The five-year lease is with Assem Zohir, president of JJMN Blessed Bagel, Inc.
Scheller said the owners have been in the area for 17 years and have two other establishments. She said they think Allentown is a good investment for them “and I hope they make it successful.”