STOP the planned Family Dollar Store for 381 Farmington Ave. in Pottstown, PA
  • Petitioned Steve Toroney

This petition was delivered to:

Pottstown Borough Council President
Steve Toroney

STOP the planned Family Dollar Store for 381 Farmington Ave. in Pottstown, PA

    1. Petition by

      Progress Pottstown

Pottstown Borough Council and Planning Commission are slipping this developement in the back door.  No effort was made to hold community meetings or involve citizens in discussions about the Family Dollar proposed for Farmington Ave and Hanover Sts.

In the 4th Ward Council President, Steve Toroney, took no responsiblity to speak with residents or parents of the kids that attend Linclon Elementary and other students who have to cross that dangerous intersection.   .

WE DO NOT WANT FAMILY DOLLAR NEAR THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS SURROUNDING HANOVER AND FARMINGTON, in the 4th Ward or any residential area in Pottstown.

The intersection is hazardous. Family Dollar does not embrace a model of responsible, community oriented managemet...

WE DO NOT WANT the added potential for loitering and crime or trash and chaos often associated with dollar stores located in towns and cities across the nation.  NOT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.

As other communites stand up and say NO to Family Dollar, so will we. 

The downtown wards remain impoverished "food deserts" while there are over 15 shops including multiple dollar stores nearby that sell prepared foods, candy, soda, chips and tobacco products.  A newly enlarged and remodeled Wal-Mart is easily accessable by Pottstown's more than adequate bus service.

There has been little to NO effort on behalf of paid and elected officials to support local initiatives to buy local and provide education and access to heathy, whole foods grown and sold in a sustainable manner in the poorest areas of town. 

Family Dollar capitalizes on poor and low-income communities, a model that will NOT work to revitalize Pottstown.

In 2009 the Urban Land Institute's team of professionals were hired to make recommendations for Pottstown. One of the more poignant observations is this:

"Pottstown has strong economic and community
development ideas and policies in the form of the
aforementioned economic development strategic
plan and the catalytic projects suggested in
this report. The community knows what to do;
however...

THE ABSENCE OF EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP HAS WORKED AGAINST THE BOROUGH achieving a <sustainable> vision for the future."

We demand that our leadership STOP the planned FAMILY DOLLAR development at 381 Farmington or ask them to locate in a vacant shop in the nearly abandoned old Giant's shopping center. Work with your community to adopt a plan and seek long-term, sustainable solutions to stable growth and positive economic developments that lead to quality jobs, safe, attractive housing, homeownership, heathy choices in food, recreation and lifestyles.

DEMAND THAT THEY STOP HOLDING THIS COMMUNITY BACK IN PERPETUAL POVERTY and START REPRESENTING THE ASPIRATIONS OF HOMEOWNERS, PARENTS, BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS who support REVITALIZATION as outlined in the Borough's Comprehensive Economic Strategic Plan of 2000/2008 and the ULI Report of 2009,   

 

 

To:
Steve Toroney, Pottstown Borough Council President
STOP the planned Family Dollar Store for 381 Farmington Ave.
Council President, Steve Toroney and All Pottstown Council Members.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2013 READING, PA: MASKED MEN BURST INTO FAMILY DOLLAR

      Dear Pottstown Friends and Neighbors...

      HELP ME GET THE WORD OUT TO SIGN THIS PETITION TODAY!!

      Hyperbole or... REALITY? Fam D spends no additional money on security for their stores around the nation yet they TARGET communities like Pottstown that have generations of people living on welfare/housing assistance and associated crime problems.

      This Reading neighborhood is terrorized. Councilman Dan Weand (5th Ward) and Council President Steve Toroney (4th Ward), where the Family Dollar is proposed - what to sell your safety and well-being to the highest bidder.

      Masked men burst into Family Dollar in Reading, empty safe, registers of money

      A trio of masked men made off with money after smashing through the front door of a store in Reading, police said. The robbery happened around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Family Dollar in the 300 block of North 4th Street in the Centre Park neighborhood.

    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. AT LEAST ONE MEMBER OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION OPPOSES FAMILY DOLLAR

      Peeps, I've been touch with a planning member who will address the commission with his concerns TONIGHT: 7pm 100 High St. Boro Hall 3rd floor - go, speak your minds and SUPPORT him. He is a homeowner and a concerned resident.

    5. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Beth Werner POTTSTOWN, PA
      • 12 months ago

      I live in the area. Why allow another business to tear down a building and build a new one when there is available space 3 blocks away! If they want to put a Family Dollar store in, put it where the old TJ Maxx was on State Street!

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    • Michael Pieper POTTSTOWN, PA
      • 12 months ago

      There are enough of these types of stores in the area. I would prefer to see a store that promotes sustainability and healthy living, a store that has ties to the town and area.

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    • Catya Harrold POTTSTOWN, PA
      • 12 months ago

      We have more chain discount stores than we need. They detract business from the locally owned stores that sell wholesome products. Having this in the area of an elementary school is particularly troubling.

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    • Paula Calvert GILBERTSVILLE, PA
      • 12 months ago

      As a former Pottstown resident (N Washington St) and a potential future resident who is interested in re-locating back to the borough, I agree with the concerns regarding this Family Dollar proposal. While I support new development and improvement in Pottstown, we definitely DO NOT need any more dollar-type, discount, grocery/misc type stores. We DO NEED more non-chain, locally owned restaurants and other businesses that will attract more residents and future business to the area. I would prefer to see a Starbucks on this corner. While Starbucks is not a small business (and many people have their opinions about that corporation), it would help to attract the type of residents and future business that Pottstown so desperately needs.

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    • Nancy Sale POTTSTOWN, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      Not safe for children & neighborhood.

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