Montclair Village Association and Raimondi Family Corporation: Say NO to Farmers and Merchants Bank at 2042 Mountain Blvd. in Montclair Village
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Our neighborhood does not need another bank.
Our neighborhood has slowly lost the businesses that residents want and need, according to MVA past surveys. Residents desire venues such as hardware stores, bike shops, sports shops, farm to table restaurants, reasonably priced takeout, wine bars, microbreweries, book stores, ice cream parlors, movie theaters, and other venues that increase evening foot traffic and promote community vitality.
Research shows that neighborhoods with more of the above named businesses have a more “neighborhoody” feeling. To quote the research this includes “businesses that represent destinations of choice for cultural, recreational, consumption or social activity.. including eating and drinking places, shops, personal service establishments and other businesses that cater to consumers.” (cite: http://www.urban.org/projects/cultural-vitality-indicators/publications.cfm and http://www.artplaceamerica.org/vibrancy-indicators/)
We feel the presence of yet another bank will continue a worrying neighborhood trend of replacing independent small businessses with banks, real estate offices, and national chain stores like pharmacies. We have many of these types of business but have lost many small locally owned businesses such as the hardware store, the antique store, etc.
If we had no banks then perhaps this would be reasonable but with 6 banks and counting, Farmers and Merchants Bank will in no way enhance the fabric of Montclair Village, and we appeal to the the Montclair Village Association and to the Raimondi Family Corporation to just say NO to another bank for Montclair.
We also wish to meet with the Raimondi Family Corporation to discuss the types of business we would like to have in our neighborhood.
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