Mr. Campos said, “Mr. Pawlowski asks Mr. Campos if any one accompanied him to a meeting with developers, da, da, da, da. That was clearly stated that was prior to Mr. Campos being an RDA member. “
When Mr. Campos spoke about a meeting with developers that occurred “prior to Mr. Campos being an RDA member” was he referring to an alleged meeting with Marc Hargraves at Chetty Headquarters in December of 2005? Did Andrew Lehr, Bob Saucier and Pat Sellers accompany Mr. Campos when he “met with a developer”? Was a sum of money discussed? Was Patsy Ray referred to as a “bag lady” at that alleged meeting?
Listen to Mr. Campos at the RDA meeting:
June 19, 2006 RDA meeting minutes:
“Mr. Pawlowski asked Mr. Campos if any one accompanied him to his meetings with the developer prior to his appointment on the Redevelopment Authority. Mr. Campos stated he met with them.”
John Pawlowski was not the only person to ask about Mr. Campos meeting with developers.
"Mr. Dixon asked Mr. Campos if he had met privately with the developers. Mr. Campos stated he had in an effort to understand their problems before his appointment."
Did the meeting with developers that Mr. Campos mentioned have anything to do with this?
The two important lines in Allen Davis’ article below are:
“acting on the advice of city Solicitor Andrew Lehr”
And; “I just hope they aren’t trying to strong arm us,”
“Coatesville council puts Chetty development on hold, by Allen Davis-Staff Writer 8:00 am., 28 March 06:From the Daily Local News:
“The meeting had only begun when Council Member Patsy Ray moved to table a resolution that would have granted Chetty approval for Tower 1, a 60-unit condominium, to be built on the northeast corner of Third Avenue and East Lincoln Highway…
“I move that we table it…until we have more information, ‘said Ray.
Chetty, who was sitting in the audience, immediately stood up to address council, but was gaveled down by Council President Kareem Johnson. ‘Excuse me sir, but you will have to have a seat until we come to the public comment period, ‘said Johnson.
Council then voted 4 to 2 to table the project which had already won approval from the city’s Redevelopment Authority and the city’s Planning Commission. Afterwards, Chetty and several of his staff gathered up a model of Tower One covered in white plastic and left the meeting.
Johnson said he wanted to vote in favor of the project, but was acting on the advice of city Solicitor Andrew Lehr who said there were problems with some of the language in the resolution…Chetty, speaking to reporters in the parking lot outside of City Hall, said he has tried to communicate with council, ‘They don’t return our phone calls or answer our emails,’ he said.”
‘Our patience is wearing thin… I just hope they aren’t trying to strong arm us,’ said Chetty of the four new council members who took office. ‘We were all on the same page until the last election.”
Council puts condo plan on hold
That decision to table Chetty Builders caused delays that led to the loss of financing for the Pennock Place building. The lot is still empty today.
Pay to play or extortion is a crime when money changes hands. I believe that it is also a crime when a threat is made, no money changes hands and the threat is later carried out for non-payment.
Hopefully, the FBI and Chester County District Attorney’s investigation will answer my questions. Who knows, maybe it's already on the pile.