Happy New Year!
To start the new year right, People for a Better Athens will deliver our petition at this Tuesday’s meeting of the Athens-Clarke County Commission- their first meeting of the year!
This Tuesday, January 3rd at 7 pm at Athens City Hall- map.
We deliver our petition TONIGHT at the County Commission meeting at City Hall- 301 College Ave.
The meeting starts at 7 pm, but we will not have an opportunity to speak until near the end- so you do NOT have to be on time. It’s most important that you SHOW UP. Your presence speaks volumes, and our intention is not to have every single one of us get up and say the same thing at the meeting. However, if you feel so moved, speak!
Everyone who comes to the meeting gets a T-shirt to wear until we run out!
I encourage everyone to stay on target- We want the County Commission to legally compel Selig to shrink the size of their anchor tenant. A smaller anchor size means a grocery store can fit there- something pretty much everyone in our community wants or needs. It is naive to believe Selig will unilaterally throw money away and shrink the anchor size without being legally compelled to do so.
Stay positive- Stay on message- WE CAN DO BETTER THAN PLOP A 100,000 SQ. FT. WALMART IN DOWNTOWN ATHENS!
all the best, and see you on Tuesday! It’ll be great!
~People for a Better Athens
p.s.- RSVP to our Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/220559954690653/
Reposted from OnlineAthens, by Blake Aued
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce President Doc Eldridge said he recently bought some Christmas ornaments at the downtown gift shop Frontier. They’re not items he could have gotten at a chain store. “I couldn’t have bought them at Walmart any more than the man on the moon,” Eldridge said.
But Frontier’s owner, Devin Clower, said she believes Atlanta-based Selig Enterprise’s plan for a mixed-use development, including a Walmart or other big-box anchor, off Oconee Street near downtown could threaten her business.
Reposted from Online Athens, by Lila Grisar
I’m a homeowner in the Chicopee-Dudley neighborhood, which shares a boundary with the downtown Athens tract where Selig Enterprises may build a major mixed-use development including a 90,000-plus square-foot big-box anchor store.
As someone who lives within 1,000 feet of this project site, I’ve been bothered and confused by claims that a large downtown Walmart or big-box store of any kind is what area residents need and want. Speaking on behalf of East Athens residents under the guise that it’s for their own good is paternalistic and misleading.
Reposted from Online Athens, by Blake Aued
Athens-Clarke commissioners might be able to use their zoning powers stop a proposed Walmart near downtown Athens — if they want to.
Walmart opponents are calling on county officials to ban big-box retailers on the outskirts of downtown. Whether they can hinges on the legal doctrine of “vested rights.” And there’s no clear-cut definition of when a developer’s rights vest.