A company connected to the developer the city chose for the former Hotel Sterling site has now paid back taxes on two other projects.
Alba Properties LLC, of Wilkes-Barre, owed a total of $5,077 in 2017 school taxes, according to the Luzerne County Tax Claim Bureau. The company Tuesday paid $1,599 past due to the Wilkes-Barre Area School District for a property at 607 N. Main St. in Wilkes-Barre. It also paid $3,477 in delinquent taxes to the Wyoming Valley West School District for a property at 416 Elm St. in Kingston.
Hysni “Sam” Syla, a partner in Alba Properties, also is the head of Gateway Center Associates that submitted the winning proposal to develop the more than 2-acre site where the Hotel Sterling stood in downtown Wilkes-Barre. He said the unpaid taxes could have been an oversight or that the bills were not received. Alba Properties was current on the municipal and Luzerne County taxes on the properties.
Gateway Center Associates has proposed a $35 million project that includes office and retail space, high-end condominiums and a hotel and conference center for the site at the intersection of West Market and North River streets.
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