Business Pensacola Protests

Neighbors protest dollar store coming to Summit Blvd

November 14, 2013

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We are getting several emails regarding a dollar store (not sure which brand – Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree or just Dollar Dollar) being allowed by the city of Pensacola to be built on the corner of Summit Boulevard and Spanish Trail.

The city planning board on Monday did approve a zoning change for East Hill Baptist Church, the current property owner, that changed the zoning from Medium Density Residential to Commercial. See SummitGeneral.

City residents in the area are upset and have launched a Facebook page: No to Dollar General.

  • violetta November 20, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Dollar general is a great option, when there is no other shopping solution nearby. An above poster mentioned the plethora of shopping available near the Scenic/Summit area. Not to mention a Tom Thumb within walking distance. Dollar General is completely unnecessary here, and will exist only to drive a commercial wedge into a peaceful community.

    DG doesn’t usually attract too much crime. But one was installed in my parents’ tiny little rural Florida village, and I’ll tell you, it changed the whole tone of the place. Less friendly and neighborly, more brusque and commercial and busy. And the LIGHT POLLUTION. Oh my lord, you wouldn’t believe it. Property values all around them drop like stones.

    This has been a cozy, safe-feeling and family-focused area since I was a girl. That’s why, when my boyfriend and I decided to move back to Pensacola recently, we came to the Summit area. This DG would cheapen the whole neighborhood in so many ways, and the commercial development process it would set off would be irreversible. People move to this bit of PCola for peace and quiet. That would diminish permanently if DG is built, especially on a landmark corner property like Scenic & Summit.

  • Sheila November 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    With a Walmart, a Winn Dixie, a Target, a Publix and of course, the Tom Thumb…..all within about 3-4 miles of this corner, there is absolutely NO need for this kind of business at that site!!! None!!!

  • Ames November 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Cody, its a neighboorhood store its not likely to pull in traffic from outside the neighboorhood. These neighboorhood stores have been being built for several years now, but only in the local area for a couple of years. Notice there is no plan for a strip mall…correct?

  • Cody November 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Nobody wants that kind of new traffic around their neighborhood, it’s that simple. If they wanted to put a burger king there, it would be even more of a problem cause of all the sketchy drug deals that go down in fast food parking lots.

  • Greg November 15, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Pat,
    You nailed the intent if the Church. As for the zoning issue, there was a sign that is exactly the same size as the jazzercise signs placed at the corner. It clearly fell over and wasn’t seen by anyone. Additionally, they only have to provide postcard notice to those within 500 ft of the property which means essentially only my office park and a small portion of the renters at Charleston Manor got a notice. My parents live on Wimbledon and received nothing. Only a few houses on Renoir received anything. The whole system in this town allows shady dealings. It’s a shame a neighborhood church has decided to be a bad neighbor.

  • jeeperman November 15, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Take your protest to East Hill Baptist Church.
    They are the facilitators of what the protesters despise.
    You all need to go attend Sunday services and let the congregation know how much their greed is not welcomed in your neighborhood.
    This controversy you all are wound up over would not exist if the church was not looking to sell.

  • Pat Kerrigan November 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I live within a mile of this intersection and pass it frequently – I have never seen any notice of commercial development pending in that location – so do we all just wake up one morning and find a retail business next door? I guess the next step will be that the church will decide to move, since the nearby rezoned land would make their current holding more valuable. Then they can take the profits from the sale and relocate East Hill to some other hill way out in the quiet, rural countryside. That is, until they decide to rezone that land and build a mall. Amazing.

  • Ames November 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Good grief. The trend of putting dollar stores in neighborhoods is to serve the aging population of empty nesters with nearby stores that sell small quantity items. A couple of seniors don’t need a box of 50 garbage bags, or a gallon of fabric softener, or a box of 200 tissues. Nor do they need a foot long tube of toothpaste. Who knows, you might even see some of your neighbors WALKING to the store. Get over yourselves, and go buy some stock in Dollar General. Hahaha

  • Mariah22 November 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Funny, I thought Beck represented Teramore…

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