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OLYMPIA: Corner isn’t right for a 7-Eleven

Letter by Henry L. Govert, Olympia on July 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm | No Comments »
July 18, 2011 12:49 pm

Your  article about a rosy future for new 7-Eleven developments in the area (TNT, 7-16) fails to mention the serious community pushback on one of these developments – the one at Harrison and Division streets in Olympia.

Anyone who knows that area (once the location of the Treasure Chest) knows that intersection to be one of the most clogged and dangerous in the city. Those of us who have lived here for many years often go out of our way to avoid that intersection, whether on foot or in cars.

If a retail operation wanted to start there, we would be much more supportive of something other than a 7-Eleven, whose usual offerings, especially beer, are more than adequately available at other stores in the neighborhood.

Outraged by the city’s attempts to provide only minimal public notice of the permitting process, a group of community citizens has raised $1,000 to appeal the city’s original permit, and has promised to continue both opposition to the 7-Eleven and support of other retail possibilities.

 

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