Commission rejects Sheetz land devlopment plan
“A convenience store would do nothing but destroy the ambiance of the area”
Sheetz developers and concerned residents spent more than four hours Wednesday laying out the pros and cons of a proposed downtown development during a planning commission meeting. via The Daily American
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#1 Mar 1, 2008
Windber as a community that has struggled over the past few decades and seen substantial decline in all areas are finally realizing the dream of historical pride and tourism. The concerned citizens have seen their theater come to life, have developed a miners visitors center, have refaced the gazebo and surrounding area, have developed a memorial park to our veterans, and have gone through the long process of being placed on the historical register qualifying the town and it's business's special monies otherwise not available.
Needless to say the town is moving forward at a pace allowable by monies and time. To place a Sheetz Store in the central historical district would be suicide to the town. Sheetz the family friendly store chain can find other options. The land developer who purchased the property under the pretence of developing a mini shopping area either didn't do his homework in his area of expertise or had all along plans not in the best interest of historical preservation and restoration.
I hope the Sheetz family take a long hard look at what they are doing to a small town with plans in a developed visionary booklet and approved by The Pennsylvania Historic Society out of Harrisburg. Sheetz promote themselves as community friendly so it is in their best interest to offer up the olive branch and reconsider.
#2 Mar 6, 2008
You people need to get a life. Sheetz is by far one of the best run business and town friendly business your ever get in you town. If I were them I just would pull out all together your town doesn't deserve them.
#3 Jun 16, 2008
There's nothing quite like holding onto the past to hinder and discourage business and revenue. Do people realize just how much money (not "monies", learn grammar please) places like Sheetz bring in? Apparently not. Small towns disgust me. People are obsessed with their towns and just refuse to accept change, regardless of how beneficial it can be to them. "Central historic district"? Rizzo's restaurant is hardly a landmark. The Arcadia is still standing and you've got all the other little treasures still left. Life changes... towns change... THINGS change. Get over yourselves and your damn small towns. I live in Pittsburgh because of narrow-minded small town hicks who can't even spell and use proper grammar. Thank you and goodnight.
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