Oct. 16--YORK, Pa. -- For those who raised their voice in opposition to Dollar General opening a location at the site of the historic Ettline estate, your pleas have been heeded.
The national discount retailer has decided against pursuing any plans the would have involved opening a store at 3790 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township, said Crystal Ghassemi, a spokeswoman for the company.
"Dollar General did do a cost analysis and that property did not our needs," she said. "And, understanding the historical concerns about the property, it's just a win-win."
The Ettline property, a 1.1-acre estate that dates back to 1875, has recently become the focus of one local preservation group whose mission it was to gather signatures from citizens who opposed the sale of the historic landmark to Dollar General.
Preserve Historic Property -- Save 3790 East Market St. claims they have photographic evidence to suggest that the Ettline home played a role in the Underground Railroad.
"On behalf of Preserve Historic Property- Save 3790 East Market St., we'd like to take this moment to say THANK YOU!," stated Paula Ettline Prendergast, a member of the preservation group, in a Facebook post. "Preserving York played a key role in our efforts and I'd especially like to thank Ted Schaefer for the constant support! For those of you who wrote comments -- they were awesome, and greatly appreciated!"
Trusted Property Group, the current owner, purchased the Ettline estate in a short sale in March. It is currently for sale.
Ghassemi said resident concerns regarding the property did factor into, at least to a certain degree, the company's decision not to pursue the Ettline property.
"We want to be respectful to the communities that we serve," she said.
The company is looking at options for its 10-year-old store at 2450 E. Market St. That store is a bit smaller than other Dollar General locations, she said.
Eventually, the discount retailer may opt to either relocate or remodel that location, Ghassemi said.
Should the company choose to move that store, Dollar General will take into account a potential area's traffic patterns, demographics and competative landscape, she said.
"It has to make a good investment to relocate the store and (the Ettline property) is no longer on our radar," she said. "We are so far before making a decision on that store. We are looking into all the options and are not commited to doing anything.
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A meeting to discuss options for historic preservation in Springettsbury Township is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the township's municipal building.
Residents will have to opportunity to voice concerns and opinions with regard to historic preservation in the Township, said John Holman, township manager, in a recent email.
Earlier this month, a citizens group launched a petition to garner community support in an effort to preserve the Ettline property at 3790 E. Market St. in the township -- a 1.1-acre estate that dates back to 1875.
At one point, Dollar General had considered looking into the Ettline property as a spot in which to relocate one of its stores.
The national discount retial chain has since decided against building a store on the historic land.
Dollar General currently has 29 stores in York County.