Even Mayor Michael Nutter has weighed in on Chelten Plaza, in a letter presented to the Zoning Board of Adjustment yesterday in support of the planned $14 million project by Pulaski Partners.
“I can assure you that the Chelten and Pulaski development, which represents an $8 million investment, can have a very positive impact on a city neighborhood seeking additional food choices,” he wrote in his letter of support.
Press Secretary Mark McDonald says Mayor Nutter supports the project because it offers money to revitalize Germantown. “The administration supports that investment because it means more retail options, more jobs and a stronger commercial corridor,” he explained.
Critics of the project say that a Sav-A-Lot and Dollar Tree don’t offer more, but rather fewer retail options, especially since the pre-existing Sav-A-Lot on Wayne Avenue is scheduled to close.
Despite that, McDonald says that the development will still bring construction work, and more shopping opportunities at the larger commercial center.
Protestors who have been stationed in front of the construction site for months say they have sent hundreds of letters asking the Mayor to take their side on the issue.
The most recent tenants confirmed for Chelten Plaza include a Sav-A-Lot, Dollar Tree, and Anna’s Linens. The new shopping plaza is expected to be completed this fall and open by December.
The zoning board has not yet made a decision on Wednesday’s hearing. It is “undetermined” how long the decision will take due to the amount of documentation submitted at the hearing.