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Developer files lawsuit over funding of arena project

By Katie Shank, Senior Producer, KShank@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 20 2012 04:34:48 PM CDT

A Lehigh Valley developer has filed a lawsuit challenging Allentown's Neighborhood Improvement Zone.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

A Lehigh Valley developer has filed a lawsuit challenging Allentown's Neighborhood Improvement Zone.

Abe Atiyeh is suing the state of Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett and a list of other state officials over the zone, which is funding the city's hockey arena.

Atiyeh claims the NIZ is unconstitutional.

The suit is similar to the one filed last month by Bethlehem and Hanover townships in Northampton County. Four other municipalities have already voted to join that suit.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski calls Atiyeh's lawsuit baseless and ridiculous.