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Commissioners Decline Family Dollar Sanatoga Plan

SANATOGA PA – A Family Dollar store proposed two weeks ago for construction on the southeast corner of East High Street and South Pleasant View Road has been rejected, politely but firmly, by the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners, President Bruce Foltz reported Monday night (Aug. 4, 2014).

20140724-SanatogaPA-FamilyDollarRenderingIn a letter mailed to Family Dollar’s representative, Boos Development Group of Willow Grove PA, commissioners essentially said ‘thanks, but no thanks,’ according to Foltz.

Since its introduction during their July 24 meeting, board members discussed the proposal and in their letter told Boos “we don’t think Family Dollar fits within our village district,” the president announced. And, he added, “we don’t want another dollar store in the township.”

A Dollar General store, which competes with Family Dollar, operates in the North End Shopping Center on North Charlotte Street.

The letter apparently indicated commissioners would not support approval of zoning variances Family Dollar would need to allow construction at the 2238 E. High St. property. Its attorney earlier said the proposal would be abandoned without such a recommendation to the Zoning Hearing Board.

Commissioners didn’t shut the door on Boos completely. The firm also represents several other franchises, restaurants and merchants alike, that might be welcomed by Lower Pottsgrove. So while the board passed on Family Dollar, Foltz said its letter urged the developer to “continue to explore its portfolio” to place other projects locally.

“There are other places suitable in the township” that could be home to clients with which Boos works, the president noted.

During the July 24 presentation, commissioners made it clear they hoped some firm, preferably a nationally-branded chain, would build a restaurant on the East High Street site. They were told by a Boos spokesman that brands his firm represented would rather be located closer to the Philadelphia Premium Outlet traffic in Limerick.

Foltz’s relatively brief message on Family Dollar came at the end of a comparatively lengthy meeting that included a public hearing on, and approval of rezoning for, a separate and unrelated development proposal on the west side of Evergreen Road south of U.S. Route 422.

No other commissioners in attendance commented on Family Dollar, and Foltz made no mention of any other factors that might have weighed in their decision.


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