Petition Started to Stop Wendy's

Roxborough residents have started a petition to stop the construction of a Wendy's at the corner of Roxborough and Ridge avenues.

About 400 Roxborough residents have already signed an oline petition protesting the construction of a Wendy's at the corner of Roxborough and Ridge avenues.

It was announced on Friday that former site of the historic Bunting House would be converted into a Wendy's fast food restaurant.

Hilary Langer who signed the petition at change.org wrote her reasons he didn't want the Wendy's constructed:

Because we do not want generic, drive through, ordinary, bad for you and bad for the neighborhood. The character of Roxborough will not become Anywheresville, USA. Go read about healthy neighborhoods - its about walkability and diversity, not driveability and boring.

Cynthia Leung added:

The neighborhood has worked tirelessly at revitalizing. The addition of a fast food chain restaurant would rob the neighborhood of its remaining charm and prove to be a major setback.

To view or sign the petition and more people's reasons for signing the petition please click on the link: here.

Joe Martelli February 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Yeah, but Julia, don't you understand that the only people's who opinion really matters are those few that live near the proposed Wendy's. It is not about the majority. Those few are completely surprised that a commercial building is going up on a commercial lot. When they purchased they had no idea they were purchasing near a commercial location. Come on now?????? I can't wait for my first baconator!!!! How bout you Roxgal???
Joe Martelli February 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Horses don't have feathers.
Joe Martelli February 28, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Neil, why doesn't the civic association just purchase the location and they can then put whatever they want there. That is the only time their voice matters...when it is theirs to do as they see fit. I'm with you Mark!!
Caren Kelly February 28, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Nick Rambo read this article from dec 12th 2012 http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/component/flexicontent/item/48352-bunting-house-injunction-denied- Bunting House injunction denied; demolition begins — NewsWorks www.newsworks.org A judge has refused to block the demolition of the 19th century Bunting House in Roxborough clearing the way for the owners plans to raze it and three other vacant buildings in the 5900 block of Like · · Share · Tuesday at 7:01pm Nick Rambo but the owners are lying scammers ??? here is a quote from this same article........... "The Giovannones have said they plan to clear the entire corner for commercial development, including possible national chains, including fast-food restaurants, banks and similar retailers. The properties sit outside the zoning overlay that guides development on a stretch of Ridge Avenue between Hermitage Street and Monastery Avenue." get your facts straight people if you want your agenda taken seriously !! Tuesday at 7:04pm · Like · 1
Caren Kelly February 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Central Roxborough Civic Association meets at 7:30 PM every first Thursday of the month at Leverington Presbyterian Church, 6301 Ridge Avenue. The next meeting is March 7, 2013. All concerned neighbors should attend! WENDY'S is on the agenda!
Joe Martelli March 01, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Better yet, Neal why don't you just dime up and purchase the property and put what ever you like there. Until then those that own it have the say. If you feel that strongly against it, you have that option of investing in that property and developing anything that you like. That is the beasutiful part about this country.
Joe Martelli March 01, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Nicely done Caren....nicely done!!!
Debbie Thomas March 01, 2013 at 12:41 AM
It looks like the Community Thrift store is closing. What a shame and that will be another vacant storefront. I got quite a few things there.
Debbie Thomas March 01, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Caren, I've said this before. Why don't you and NIck go to the Philadelphia Speaks site and look at the thread relating to the Demolition of 5901-09 Ridge Avenue? That gives the true story of how they really screwed over the community organizations. Or do you have something against going to sites that I recommend?
Debbie Thomas March 01, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Will someone from the Patch please let me know why I cannot post the link to the Philadelphia Speaks site and the thread about Demolition 5901-09 Ridge? I see that the link to the Newsworks site was permitted. I want to provide it because obviously the two people that should read it and see what Giavannone Construction did, don't want to find it themselves.
Debbie Thomas March 01, 2013 at 01:08 AM
No wonder Caren refuses to say where she lives. She's not in Roxborough. It's really funny especially considering the remarks about "don't post comments if you don't live in the area".
Caren Kelly March 01, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Debbie, I have gone to the site you recommended and I agree that the developers were not forthcoming - but they didn't owe the neighbors anything! When you buy within 100 feet of commercial zoning you should be prepared for any eventuality, even if it's 10 or 15 yrs. down the road. You accepted that possibility when you bought there, as sad as that might be. Giavonone didn't owe anybody anything. They were businessmen prepared to do whatever it took to get their deal done - capitalism. I regret the demise of the Bunting House, but I'll bet you didn't know either that it was called the Bunting Houe until it was going to be demolished.
Caren Kelly March 01, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Debbie, I've lived in Roxborough my entire life except for my 4 years in college over 50 years. Lawnton St. to Lyceum Ave. to my current home (FYI - not lower income). So, don't throw rocks from your glass house.
Caren Kelly March 01, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Debbie, I follow the entire thread of the Bunting House demolition. I don't care what the developers were going to do with it. I loved the building, but nobody cared until it was going to be torn down. Nobody could afford to buy it let alone rehab it. I'm sorry it is gone but it did not have an historic designation to save it. Water over the dam.
Caren Kelly March 01, 2013 at 01:22 AM
The developers paid over $500,000 for the 3 crappy properties next to the Bunting House. They are looking to capitalize on their investment. WELCOME TO AMERICA!!
Caren Kelly March 01, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Debbie, you never asked where I live.
Debbie Thomas March 01, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Capitalize on their investment while ruining the unique character of Roxborough. It's a damned shame. But money talks and developers pay off the politicians. The city wants to hike property taxes on homeowners, yet they'll let the developers do whatever they want.
Caren Kelly March 01, 2013 at 01:41 AM
I agree. My market value just went through the roof with the latest assessment. You're mistaken if you think they paid somebody off. Those are all commercially zoned properties - even the Bunting House. Again, I ask you, did you know that was called the Bunting House before last year?
Scott Beverley March 01, 2013 at 10:34 PM
The Wendys which is to be built on the corner of Ridge and Roxborough will be a wonderful addition to the community. The Giovannone Co. has been in business for 50 plus yrs and each lot and building they have designed, built, or re-habbed looks absolutely stunning compared to any other in the area. They have always gone above and beyond what is required to enhance the surroundings there and I am positive a Wendys built by their establishment will look tip-top per usual! It may even eventually take on the atmosphere of Chestnut Hill and New Hope if the Giovannone Co. develops the entire street. Both Chestnut Hill and New Hope have McDonalds as well.
M. Sweeney March 03, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Not long ago, the RDC led a contest to create a new tag line. The winner: “Family, Community, Nature since 1690.” I would like to ask the RDC and local politicians to look thoughtfully into Wendy’s bid to take up residence at the corner of Rox. & Ridge Ave.s and ask themselves how that will advance our vision for our community. I have lived in Roxy since ‘02. I have strived to better my 1918 home, say hi to my neighbors as I walk my dog (whom everyone knows) and have witnessed how we’ve evolved. There have been some great additions. Take Starbucks. Granted, it’s a huge chain. Yet, it has created community. Another example: Paw Prints. Here, a local family has brought a caring business model to Ridge Ave. And there are many other wonderful family businesses that are contributing to our tagline. Not Wendy’s. When someone on my street, Monastery Ave., wanted to tear down 2 old garages to build a home, we in proximity got the blueprints for & chance to oppose it or appear at the zoning hearing. Why was Wendy’s deal quietly brokered without so much as a public hearing or publication of a feasibility study projecting downstream impact? Please, let us look 5 years down the road. Do we want to become a Rt 1, a strip mall on the way to the mainline? As Kendrick is raising funds for a new facility, imagine a vibrant family Center that is a hub of activity. Now imagine a Wendy’s caddy-corner from that facility. That would be a tragic step backward for Roxborough.
JamesIgnatius March 03, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Bridget - thanks for the response. My "weenie" comment is directed at the absurd argument of fast-food's impact upon the neighborhood. Every responsible citizen should take an interest in what businesses operate in their neighborhood - but that's called ZONING. If you and your fellow neighbors wanted another Bunting House on that corner, then you should have acted with foresight on the zoning. Fighting this business now is "moving the goalposts" on the owner/builder and a violation of his property rights.
RoxGuy March 04, 2013 at 12:53 AM
"...people's who opinion really matters are those few that live near the proposed Wendy's" Duh. And why shouldn't it, gay ballz? cause your lazy ass wants a cheap hamburger?
Caren Kelly March 04, 2013 at 01:20 AM
i agree wih what you are saying, but frankly, I did not know that was the RDC tagline. After you posted that I looked on their website. Otherwise, I haven't seen it anywhere in Roxborough. Have you looked at Wendy's website and seen what their new outlet buildings look like? I think that they would be very amenable to fitting into the existing architecture of the neighborhood and blending in.
Smooch March 04, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Very well put! I can't think of one desirable neighborhood where a Wendy's is literally across the street/behind houses.
Sarah March 05, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Where are the clothing shops, shoe stores, book store and novilty shops of yester year? Instead we have banks, pizza/steaks shops, check cashing, dollar stores and second hand junk stores. There is not one shop along Ridge Ave from the 5500 block to the 7900 block I would stop into to spend my HARD earned money. Great! you can eat fast food in Roxborough or buy second hand junk. Ooooo la la that the place for me...........NOT Roxborough Born and Raised 50+ years
Stacy Litz March 05, 2013 at 03:05 AM
It's things like this that distract us from the REAL problems of the world, hoo. (Starvation, homelessness, war . . . )
RoxGuy March 05, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Ur like, so like right u know. Theres like, um, so many like probs in the world, and we r all like hating on like wendys. K bye
Rox Referee March 27, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Did you forget that this specific patch is about the pros and cons of a Wendy’s being built at Rox and Ridge? Make your point, then get your lazy asses from behind the computer screen and go out into the world and make a change. If you don't want a Wendy’s, attend meetings, sign the petition, and get your fellow neighbors involved as well. Insulting one another and jumping to conclusions is not solving anything. It is making you people look pathetic. Get positively involved. Ps Joe, with due respect, we are all fully aware now that your dad built in the neighborhood and you collect rent still, thanks.
Rox Referee March 27, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Thank you Maia for being an intelligent woman who takes control and knows how to make a change. A true leader. You’re a breath of fresh air among these idiots bickering on here. I will use this information and pass it on, thank you.
Donald P Ciotti June 06, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Bottom Dollar coming soon to Roxyborough at undisclosed location


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