Germantown Neighbors Win Zoning Appeal Against Dollar Tree At Chelten Plaza

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On November 18–but only now revealed–the Department of Licenses and Inspections revoked the permit for a Dollar Tree store at Chelten Plaza. In anticipation of that move, forced by a lawsuit brought on by neighbors, 8th District Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller introduced, and got passed, a spot zoning ordinance allowing the store, the 13th dollar store outlet in Germantown.

“This decision is a full and complete vindication of the Germantown organizations who challenged the permit,” wrote Yvonne Haskins in an e-mail today, lead council to the neighbors challenging the move to replace a supermarket with low end stores at the shopping center, which is to open Friday. “Despite what some may say (i.e., the Dollar Tree is still going to be a fact of life in Germantown and, therefore, isn’t it a “Pyrrhic Victory”?), I and others know that this fight, this appeal stood for much more than Chelten Plaza. And we have not ruled out filing a lawsuit to invalidate the Miller amendment as impermissible spot zoning, due to its discriminatory and unjustified content,” wrote Haskins.

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. His essays and book reviews appear in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, The Millions, and Fanzine.

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