Due to the fire that broke out this morning at Old Town Pizza at Vanport Square, owner Adam Milne will not be able to attend tonight’s KNA meeting to express the Vanport Square Owner’s Association’s opposition to 7 Eleven’s plans to build across the street from the development. Another member is being sought to come in his place but no one is yet confirmed. Mr. Milne released the following letter to express the Vanport Owners’ position on the issue:
March 14, 2012
Dear King Neighborhood Association,
The Board of the Vanport Square Owners’ Association would like to officially express our opposition to 7-Eleven moving in across the street. A 7-Eleven next door does not support our hopes of fostering and supporting small local business, nor do we believe it adds value to our emerging neighborhood.
The owners of Vanport Square have invested our careers and savings to fulfill the vision outlined in the King Neighborhood Strategy developed by the King Neighborhood Association and PDC, dated April 28, 2000. This strategy and vision are what brought our small businesses into Vanport Square. We believe allowing 7-Eleven into our neighborhood does not support the plan and will hinder development and harm the fabric of our small business community.
Vanport Square Owners’ Association