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Germantown Residents Question Proposed Dollar Store Backed By Councilwoman Donna Miller

By Mike Dunn

An outgoing member of Philadelphia City Council is defending her decision to back zoning changes that will allow a dollar store to be built in East Germantown.

East Germantown residents lined up to speak both for and against the proposed complex at Chelten and Pulaski avenues that would include a Dollar Tree store. Councilwoman Donna Miller, who is retiring at year’s end, is backing the plan.

But some residents, like Yvonne Haskins, accused Miller of making a back-room deal with the developer.

“Councilwoman Miller’s untrue statements and her clear intent to help this developer add one more dollar store to Germantown are an abuse of power,” said Haskins.

Miller denied any back-room deals and defended the project.

“It looks much better than the abandonment that was there for years and its (a) $14 million dollar (project). We haven’t had that kind of development in Germantown in the 16 years that I’ve been here (in Council).

Despite the opposition, council members sided with Miller, unanimously approving the measure and sending this hot potato to the mayor.

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  • koffee

    Miller is a crook. Just like Pat Burns the developer who should have developer Fresh Grocer instead of creating this eyesore of a project. Fresh food at Save-A-Lot? I’ll believe it when I see it. but another Dollar store is really unecessary.

  • inteligent shoper

    This neighborhood deserves Wegmans; not a food store that sells inferior goods.

  • Jack Polk

    I would like to make a suggestion to the owners of this and other similar news-oriented sites. Please design a way for viewing the site without the necessity of viewing the “Comments” Peanut Gallery. Maybe the site owners could use an “Opt-In” control box to gain access. This doesn’t reflect on any previous or subsequent posters on this current topic.

  • tny

    Maybe the reason that there have not been any development in Germantown is due to Miller being the council person……maybe?????

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