Monday, August 3, 2009

White Hen meeting tonight

According to the Daily News, there is a meeting tonight, at 7 p.m., about the White Hen Pantry/CVS debacle.

City Council President and mayoral candidate James Shanley said last week he hopes to see the White Hen Pantry find new retail space to lease next spring when they are forced to vacate the space at the Pond Street shopping plaza to make way for an expansion by CVS.

Shanley represents Ward 3, the area where the store is located and said he does shop there.
"I'll miss it," Shanley said. "I hope they find a place."

The news about the shop's closing has sparked controversy in the city as over 2.000 people have signed a petition urging the property owners New England Development and its local office, Newburyport Development, to reconsider the plan.

Shanley said he has reached out to Newburyport Development to talk about the situation. Shanley added that he is unsure as to whether he will attend tonight's meeting at the library, which was organized by shop owner Liz Frame, who is spearheading an effort to save the store.

That meeting begins at 7 p.m.

How many available commercial spaces are there in Ward 3, I wonder, that have parking? Of course, maybe the people in Ward 2 might appreciate another Ward 3 evacuee, since everyone has adopted the video store that was once in the Pond St. plaza and which is now in The Tannery.

I will be attending the meeting. It will be interesting to see if more people turn out to fight this than turn out for the landfill or the beach erosion or any other issue I make a big deal out of on here.

Like I said before - the first thing I missed about Boston when I moved out here was the corner store I used to patronize for the odd item.


Anonymous said...

too bad the Corner Store closed....

Gillian Swart said...

You mean the one on Beacon Hill?

Bubba said...

I think I have your answer - Cushing Park !!!! Plenty of parking and it's right there in Ward 3 !!!!

Gillian Swart said...

Genius, Bubba! Yesterday, someone suggested the clam shack, but this is far better ...