Earlier this week the Seward Park Co-op agreed to hold off (at least temporarily) from renting space to 7-Eleven and Dunkin’ Donuts, after a residents’ group launched a petition drive opposing the chain stores. Now another petition has emerged — this one in support of the chains.
Our neighborhood could be home to a 7-Eleven and Dunkin Donuts! There are two commercial spaces on Grand Street just west of Clinton Street that the Seward Park Board of Directors was going to bring a 7-Eleven and Dunkin Donuts to. Unfortunately, some local residents feel that this would not be a good addition to the neighborhood. We will not get into their reasoning but we will point out the positives of having these two stores. The stores are open early and late which is something that will help make Grand Street safer… They both run very clean operations… They have great products that everyone can enjoy… If you are from Seward Park an added bonus is that they are strong tenants and they will pay top rents. Seward Park has had a bad history with their commercial tenants. The commercial tenants currently owe over $100,000 in back rents. A petition was circulated against bringing these stores in and convinced the Seward Park Board of Directors to retract their approval and put the deals on hold for three weeks so that alternative retailers could be tracked down. If you feel that these stores would be a great addition to the neighborhood or you feel that they will financially benefit the Co-Op, then sign this petition and lets show the Seward Park board that there are people who are in favor of this.
There are only five signatures so far. We’ll see what happens over the next several days.