I have been working to obtain information from the Conshohocken Revitalization Alliance. Today I received the below press release:
Conshohocken Revitalization Alliance Launches to Support Community Development
New Group Supports Local Business and Looks for Alternatives to Big-Box Development
Conshohocken, Pa., May 29, 2012 – A coalition of residents, local business owners and real estate professionals has formed a new grassroots network to generate conversation about the future of Conshohocken. The Conshohocken Revitalization Alliance (CRA) was established to build a consensus around the future development of Conshohocken that is consistent with the historic character and comfort of the community, protects old and welcomes new businesses, and stimulates the local economy.
Advised by local real estate and community planning experts, the Conshohocken Revitalization Alliance believes that the community is currently in a position to create a forward-looking development strategy that will solidify the future of Conshohocken’s downtown commercial corridor as the region’s premier walkable neighborhood retail district, providing high quality of life for residents and business owners.
With seven current opportunity sites available, Conshohocken is at a tipping point for development. It can either continue its growth of local retailers or become a new home to big-box retail giants. The CRA believes a proposed Super Wawa at the EF Moore Chevrolet site at the corner of Fayette and 11th Streets does not fit the character or complexion of the community.
The alliance plans to present a unified opposition to the Wawa development. The Conshohocken Revitalization Alliance is producing alternative development options that respect the borough’s historic urban character and are consistent with the borough’s Revitalization Plan. Given a viable alternative to the Super Wawa development, community members will agree that, while it is a fine company, a Super Wawa simply does not mesh with the profile of the borough.
In the coming days, the CRA will organize public meetings and events to share critical information and exchange ideas about what our community should look like. For more information, visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ConshohockenRevitalizationAlliance.
To speak with executives of the Conshohocken Revitalization Alliance, please contact us at 1-866-981-6854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
So my big question is if Wawa is allowed to open a store at the proposed location, will fast food restaurants, other chain retail businesses, etc., etc., then have a better chance to open along Fayette? Will one potentially lead to the other? I am going to ask some commercial realtors and others with experience is zoning. Keep you posted.
Coming tomorrow, I will have the first images of what the Conshohocken Revitalization Alliance proposes for the Moore Chevrolet location.