Developer claims Fair Housing violation in proposed zoning change in Scranton

A developer who wants to build low-income apartments in Scranton plans to challenge legislation introduced by city council on Tuesday.

Glenn Worgan, vice president of Delaware Valley Development Co., said the legislation – which would change a section of the Minooka section from commercial/neighborhood to medium density residential – “is a violation” of the federal fair housing and civil right laws.

“The zoning change devalues the property,” Mr. Worgan said, adding his company will “vigorously defend our rights.”

The residential zone, which is also known as R-1A, does not permit apartments and boarding houses.

Delaware Valley has not submitted a formal plan to the city, but Mr. Worgan said they plan to build about 76 apartments in an area in Minooka bordered by Colliery Avenue and McCarthy and Davis streets. Delaware Valley owns the property.

In early May, Councilman Jack Loscombe introduced the motion for the zoning change. He said the Minooka Neighborhood Association proposed the zoning change out of concern about the development. Efforts to reach Mr. Loscombe on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Read more at The Times Tribune

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About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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