Proposed Wawa needs consideration
Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the Abington Board of Commissioners. Dear Abington sioners:
te in Abington live in an outstanding community, so much so that we have received numerous awards from Money Magazine and Colin Powell’s America’s Promise. vet, there has long been one problem that needs to be turned around once and for all: That is, we get our own way with an undercurrent of negativity toward receiving improvements, new conveniences and services.
te moved to the Overlook Hills section of Abington in 19T8 and were immediately asked to attend meetings and sign a petition against the proposed tillow Grove Park mall. te did neither as we were excited to have a local mall that would pre-
Commis- clude traipsing to Montgomeryville or Plymouth Meeting. te were warned about having to contend with adGLWLRnDO WrDIfiF Rn RXr nHLJKborhood blocks. te lived on Maplewood Avenue for seven years and after the mall ZDs EXLOW, WKH flRZ RI WrDIfiF never changed in any noticeable way on our neighborhood streets.
In the mid ’8Ms, we moved to the neighborhood behind Abington Hospital, now known as Highland Farms. Over the years, we have observed the undercurrent of negativity that erupts against other enhancements. To point out a few: then Abington School District wanted to build a worthy stadium on its property, there was a neighborhood outcry against it. Thankfully, the school district successfully found ways to ease neighbors’ lights, noise, WrDIfiF DnG JHnHrDO DWWrDFWLYHness concerns. te now have D firsW-FODss sWDGLXP WKDW has greatly improved both school spirit and the campus itself, and has been the site of many victories for our talented athletic teens.
te watched as another neighborhood fought against the tilliard Corp. that wanted to tear down a longvacant building at Highland Avenue and tharton ooad. Signs against the corporation went up throughout the nearby neighborhood, but eventually, the empty building was torn down and an attractive and useful LA Fitness went up with pleasant property enhancements.
Since it directly affected us, we recall when Abington Hospital wanted to expand and close off ooute 611 access from both Keith and toodland roads. Interestingly, no signs with u-ed out “Abington Hospital” went up in our neighborhood. te all were helped to understand this expansion of a much needed and respected hospital in the midst of our community. te worked with the hospital and our commissioner at the time, and a plan was accepted.
But now, we once again see those u-ed out signs, this time against tawa, in the Baederwood section of Abington, including on streets far enough away not to be affected. It reminds me of when folks who do not even live in the neighborhood immediately behind the site of the earlier proposed T-Eleven came out so vehemently against that corporation opening a location in the 11MM block of 611. The proposed tawa ZLWK JDs ZRXOG sLJnLfiFDnWOy
improve a currently blighted property on 611 by Baeder ooad, and it would bring competitive, lower-priced gas to our community so we all would not have to drive into rpper Moreland Township for Giant gas or over to Horsham for Sam’s Club gas. If the neighbors IHDU LQFUHDSHG WUDIfiF RQ their streets, remember, we are all your neighbors; we are already driving on your roads as you drive on ours to get to various places in our community. vou are not going to experience some LQflUx RI SHRSOH IURP RWKHU communities or the city. Those transients will continue to move up and down our 611 thoroughfare.
te invite you to consider those times when you have been out of town on business or for a vacation. then you return, there are those moments when you are able to view your community with fresh eyes, seeing the things you appreciate and the places that are ugly and in need of attention. As you travel up and down 611 between Moreland ooad at the north end, and Township Line ooad at the south end, try to see the many current areas that are empty or blighted and be grateful that we have developers who want to improve and enhance.
te fought T-Eleven last yHDU, QRw wH DUH fiJKWLQJ tawa. Do we want our community to have the reputation of always being against improvements and services? Most communities cannot wait to have a tawa with gas.
Commissioners, we beg you to get us turned around from this “not here” attitude and move forward with those who want to improve and enhance. Currently, Giant, the only game in most of our town, has left us with an empty anchor in the Abington shopping center. And as far as we know to date, Giant plans to continue paying to keep that building empty for all of us for another eight years until the lease expires. That leaves the shopping center merchants we value to struggle to stay there. Let us be a welcoming community to decent businesses. If nothing else, it will keep our pocketbooks a little fatter with real estate values that held remarkably well when values in other area plummeted a few years ago.
te ask that you please weigh our view and consider voting yes to the proposed Super tawa so that the entire community can EHQHfiW IURP DQ LQFUHDSHG number of jobs and local, lower-priced gas. te strongly suspect that the Baederwood community immediately behind this narrow strip of property will adjust happily in the end, just as we all now feel positive about the mall, the high school stadium and the hospital expansion. Thank you, oosemary and Alan
Ted should do his research
To the editor:
Please allow me to comment on Ted Taylor’s recent column, “Meeting the Glenside Kid and Twinkies,” and correct him on his stance that the demise of Hostess Baking Ethe company that brought us Ding Dongs, Devil Dogs and Drake’s CakesF was “another instance of organized labor pushing its own members down the gang plank.”
Like the recipe list you might find on a Twinkie
lot of wrapper, junk.
tall Street investors purchased a profitable Hostess Baking Co. about a decade ago and quickly loaded it with debt, a la Bain Capital. They promised new equipment, delivery trucks and an investment in modern baking technologies and equipment that would keep Hostess competitive, but those investments never materialized. In 2M11, Hostess earned profits of more than A2. R billion, but ended the year with a loss of A341 million, all the while struggling to pay the interest on A1 billion in debt that the new management team loaded it with. This year, the company sought bankruptcy protection again - the second time in eight years.
In 2MM8, to help keep the company afloat, the union workers — who had not gotten a raise in eight years — took a 3M percent pay cut and made other various concessions.
that happened? The CEO and 38 other executives who brought on the latest bankruptcy all got bonuses.
Hostess’ famous products are now all being sold off to the highest bidders and its 18,MMM workers — with families and little kids, and mortgages — JRW fiUHG. , WKLQN SRPH RI the executives should be shown that gang plank.
I am not, nor ever was a union member, but in order to understand what really happened in regard to Hostess Baking’s demise, I did some research before writing this. I suggest Mr. Taylor does the same in the future. Terry McNamara