Does a Dollar Tree count as a grocery store? It’s the question at the heart of the Chelten Plaza contention in Germantown, and one Philadelphia’s Zoning Board hasn’t been able to answer.
A two-hour meeting in Center City this week ended without a vote on whether the development of a Dollar Tree at the shopping center can continue, or if the store doesn’t fit the requirements of a zoning overlay that calls for a supermarket.
Supporters and lawyers for developer Pulaski Partners say the store meets the overlay’s definitions; vocal opponents maintain Dollar Tree is a variety store and isn’t the higher scale grocery store they were expecting.
The ZBA hearing was held to determine if the permit for the Dollar Tree can be revoked. So far, that question remains unanswered.