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;
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,
Council President, Steve Toroney and All Pottstown Council Members.