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Roger January 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM
And, another mid-December story from AOL, trying to justify Patch remainingRead Morealive. http://www.usato day.com/story/tech/2013/12/16/aol-patch-ceo/4038897/
JEM January 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Thanks Roger. All good information!
PT Guy January 17, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Now that makes total sense! I was unaware of the layoffs/consolidation. I can see now why nothing Read Moreon here really relates to Peters Township or if it does, it's not anything anyone would really care about. The woman that ran Peters Patch up until a year or so ago was FANTASTIC! Oh well, I guess we just have to wait and see what happens. Thanks for the info!!!!!
Sally Adams January 10, 2014 at 08:47 PM
For the record, my husband was a regular at Farmhouse Coffee. There every morning, first one inRead Morethe door many days. He is also a business owner and had many peer conversations with the owner who told him repeatedly that the VB closure was one of the, if not THE, primary reason they could not afford to remain in business.
JEM January 10, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Thank you for correcting my misunderstanding of the situation. Like I said, I felt terrible whenRead Moreit closed. It truly was a "destination" for me and my friends. I feel badly for any small business impacted by construction, natural disaster, economy, healthcare, etc. I stand by my assessment though that the solution is not to suggest that Szabo's should suffer a serious slowdown -- especially since it seems unclear that the legal problem is the issue that is currently stopping construction. We should not get into a mean-spirited debate. Let's leave that to Congress!
Roger January 10, 2014 at 09:16 PM
To echo Sally, ... the reasons for closure, as stated by the owner, were directly related to theRead Moreclo sure. Not my hunch or speculation, rather directly from the owners. Parking and business model reasons are speculation. It existed on that property with the parking and business model for many years. To be sure, many small businesses have been hurt in recent years. Only about 20% of new businesses survive after five years. On the other hand, new businesses can't seem to open fast enough on Rt 19. How many new pizza shops alone have been opened in the past year? I return to the frustration about communication. There is nothing about week-by-week progress on the Peters FB page, or web site. The repeated observations of nobody working has largely driven the frustration. Yes, we had some bitter cold days recently. But, December had no days like those of Monday and Tuesday this week. As for communication, the small clip in the recent O-R about the new schedule said nothing about the lawsuit delay. Since that story had been posted a few weeks ago, communication as follow up would be helpful. What are we going to do with the information? Well, not much. But, reasoning would help with the community's frustration. Just for completeness, there is some progress reports on the Township web page. The last one is Oct 8, three months ago. I went to shoot pictures so that others could see what was happening, and to help with the understanding of the scope of the project. Earlier in this thread, Amy had a good question about connectivity of Valley Brook Rd and Old Washington Rd. But, without understanding what is happening, there is no reason not to ask these kinds of questions. As for Mr. Szabo, his property is involved in the project. From the project drawings (and from Council meetings many years ago), a portion of his parking lot has to be taken for the ramps. As of a couple of weeks ago, some excavation work has been done for the ramps, but the arborvitae bordering his parking lot remained in place. Excavation has been done right next to the edge of the lot. Perhaps the details surrounding the removal of his parking lot is part of the lawsuit and delay. Did something expectantly arise on the removal of his parking lot that has caused a delay? Projects always don't go quite as planned when many parties/properties are involved.