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Developer’s Discount Store Plan Has E. Germantown Neighbors Irate

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some residents of the city’s East Germantown section are fuming at their councilmember, Donna Miller, for her support of a new dollar store in the neighborhood.

Miller has proposed altering the zoning for a block at Pulaski and Chelten Avenues, where developer Pat Burns wants to build a multi-store structure that would include a Dollar Tree store.  Burns is also about to open a Save-A-Lot store nearby.

Council’s Rules committee debated Miller’s proposal, and at a hearing today resident Chris Mendel said the plan smacks of Philadelphia business-as-usual.

“Pay to play, back-door deals, lack of transparency, lack of accountability: that’s the issue I would like to drive home,” he said.

Councilwoman Miller denied any such deals.

“This is not a part of pay to play, it’s not a part of a back(room) deal,” she responded.

The committee recessed without a vote and will take up Miller’s measure on Wednesday.

Reported by KYW City Hall bureau chief Mike Dunn

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  • Sue

    Important clarification- Mr. Burns is relocating a Sav-A-Lot from a building that he owns across the street- not opening a new store.

  • Honest Voter

    Mr. Patrick Burns is a very large contributor to Janie Blackwell; since he owns quite a few businesses in her councilmatic district.

  • Every Shopper

    Where does Pat Burns reside and where do he shop? Many of his Fresh Grocers have had sanitation trouble such as 40th & walnut, 58 & baltimore, 1500 Garrett road, and Chelten avenue. How much does he donate to polititians?

  • Margaret Motheral

    Hi Council Woman Miller , I’m still sick and just got a rape threat from one of your minion who thinks,as you do , that it is perfectly fine to dig up a contaminated site and try to kill off the neighbors.

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