Today's issue of the PA Weekly has an editorial calling for decisiveness about Alma Plaza:
Boy, if only the City Council would listen!!!
The editors say: "We agree with neighbors and the planning commission that a stronger retail presence is called for on this site, other than the market."
this raises some interesting points. As the editors point out, due to a deed restriction, the market can be no bigger than 18,000 sq. ft. Who will want to open a market that size? Remember also that Trader Joes will soon be opening in Town and Country.
What other retail presence would they like to have in Alma Plaza? While it is well and good that they want a strong retail presence, are there really any small retailers/mom and pop stores that will want to go in a new Alma Plaza.
another question is what effect will a market and other retail have on retail in areas near Alma Plaza (JJ&F/California Ave, Charleston Plaza/Piazza's, Midtown shopping district).
I have a feeling, because of the entities involved--a vocal neighborhood group and a weak-willed City Council, this will drag on for a while longer.