English: Hotel Sterling, Wilkes-Barre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
WILKES-BARRE, PA — Ali Kazimi’s arrival at work was memorable Tuesday because the seven-story Hotel Sterling next door was almost entirely demolished.
“It was strange. You can see the eagles on the Market Street Bridge from our property. We have a riverfront view,” said Kazimi, the third-generation owner of M. Abraham Importer on West Market, which opened by the once bustling Sterling in 1927.
Kazimi looks forward to losing that view to new development on the 4-acre Sterling parcel. City officials condemned and demolished the former hotel and plan to seize the cleared lot from its nonprofit owner, CityVest, so the site can be marketed and sold to a private developer.