Would you like a coffee shop in Narberth?

We now have a listserv, thanks to Mike Alexander. If you would like to participate in trying to procure a coffee shop for Narberth, or weigh in on the discussion, please join! A listserv (in addition to face-to face discussion) will allow for a democratic conversation in which everyone who wants to can have access to the discussion. The devil seems to be in the details regarding the coffee shop issue.

To join the listserv: go to "yahoo groups" main page and search for "narberthcoffeeshopsupporters." Then "join." If you have trouble joining or using the listserv, feel free to email me at mshakow@gmail.com. Once you join, you can choose to receive messages as they come or in daily or weekly batches, called "digest" format.


Coffee Shop Boosters — Important Borough Council Meeting this Monday, June 13

Posted June 11th, 2011 by shakowmn

Express your wish for the Narberth Borough Council to allow an independent, sit-down coffee shop to enter the downtown. There will be an important Narberth Borough Council Meeting where we can express our wishes:

Narberth Borough Council Meeting

THIS Monday, June 13, at 8 pm.

Location – Narberth Borough Hall (Corner of Conway and Haverford Ave, Next to the Fire Station)

If you want a coffee shop, please come! And tell your neighbors and Narberth/neighborhood friends to come. A coffee shop would raise property values and bring the community together. The Borough Council won’t modify the zoning to permit a new coffee shop without an outpouring of community support. Several people have attempted to get permission to open a coffee shop during the past few years and been denied because of the restrictive zoning.

You can also comment on the potential for coffee shop (or other ideas for creating community gathering places) at

http://narberthcommunityspaces.blogspot.com/
http://blog.narberthpa.org/

Questions? Miriam at mshakow@gmail.com or Rob at mcgreeve@tcnj.edu


Future steps - Narberth Coffee Shop Project!

Hi everyone,

We had a great planning meeting tonight -- thanks to all who attended. Here are things that all Narberth residents can do to pave the way for the Borough to permit a coffee shop to move to Narberth:

1) Attend the meetings of the Narberth Civic Association and the Narberth Borough to make clear residents' interests in a coffee shop:

* Join and attend Narberth Civic Association meetings - 2nd Wed of every month; Borough Hall, 7 pm.

* Attend Borough council meetings – 2nd Monday of every month. Borough Hall, 7 pm.

* Attend Borough Caucus meetings - 1st Wed of every month. Borough Hall, 7 pm.

* Attend planning commission meeting – 1st Monday of every month; Borough Hall, 7 pm.

At each meeting, when appropriate, you can share your enthusiasm for a coffee shop in Narberth.


2)Ask your neighbors to take the survey (Cut and paste http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TLZPVDK). The results so far show that a large number of Narberth residents want a locally-owned, independent coffee shop in Downtown Narberth. A coffee shop brings the community together and increases property values. Our survey through the Narberthcommunityspaces blog found that 56 out of 57 respondents wanted a coffee shop and roughly 90% of respondents would walk to a coffee shop all or most of the time.


3) Talk to the members of the Borough Council. The current zoning structure of Narberth makes it very difficult for a coffee shop to open in Narberth. We can encourage the Borough Council members to use their creativity as elected leaders to alter the current zoning rules to allow a coffee shop to come in.


If you can't make the meetings, you can contact our elected Borough Council members:

Mary Jo Daley, Borough Council President -- narberth@comcast.net

Nancy Lotz, Borough council member -- narberth@comcast.net

Other council members here: http://www.narberthborough.com/narberth-borough-council-members.asp?bio=lotz


Questions? Rob McGreevey mcgreeve@tcnj.edu or Miriam Shakow mshakow@gmail.com

If you haven't filled out the survey yet, you can do so here:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TLZPVDK
(You have to cut and paste the address into your brower)

Take care,
Miriam


1/10/11
Thanks to everyone who left comments here and filled out the survey on surveymonkey. If you could please pass the surveymonkey link on to everyone you know who is walking distance to Narberth, it would be great to have more respondents. As of now, there are 26 -- 50 or more would be fabulous! A few longtime Narberth community residents suggested allowing about one more week to gather comments, and then we could meet to discuss the best way to proceed. If you're interested in coming to a meeting, please email me at mshakow@gmail.com

Thanks! Miriam Shakow


Would you like a coffee or tea shop in Narberth? How about a farmers' market? This is a blog for sharing ideas about how to make our wonderful, walkable town even better. We (a few Narberth neighbors) are trying to gauge how much support there would be for these and other small, local business, initiatives.


The biggest concern regarding new businesses is parking. Please post your ideas and fill out the survey below, which includes questions about whether and how often you would be willing to walk (or bike) to downtown Narberth, rather than drive.

Thanks for your input!

Miriam Shakow (149 Merion Ave) mshakow@gmail.com

Monday, January 17, 2011

Future steps - Narberth Coffee Shop Project!

Hi everyone,

We had a great planning meeting tonight -- thanks to all who attended. Here are things that all Narberth residents can do to pave the way for the Borough to permit a coffee shop to move to Narberth:

1) Attend the meetings of the Narberth Civic Association and the Narberth Borough to make clear residents' interests in a coffee shop:

* Join and attend Narberth Civic Association meetings - 2nd Wed of every month; Borough Hall, 7 pm.

* Attend Borough council meetings – 2nd Monday of every month. Borough Hall, 7 pm.

* Attend Borough Caucus meetings - 1st Wed of every month. Borough Hall, 7 pm.

* Attend planning commission meeting – 1st Monday of every month; Borough Hall, 7 pm.

At each meeting, when appropriate, you can share your enthusiasm for a coffee shop in Narberth.


2)Ask your neighbors to take the survey (Cut and paste http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TLZPVDK). The results so far show that a large number of Narberth residents want a locally-owned, independent coffee shop in Downtown Narberth. A coffee shop brings the community together and increases property values. Our survey through the Narberthcommunityspaces blog found that 56 out of 57 respondents wanted a coffee shop and roughly 90% of respondents would walk to a coffee shop all or most of the time.


3) Talk to the members of the Borough Council. The current zoning structure of Narberth makes it very difficult for a coffee shop to open in Narberth. We can encourage the Borough Council members to use their creativity as elected leaders to alter the current zoning rules to allow a coffee shop to come in.


If you can't make the meetings, you can contact our elected Borough Council members:

Mary Jo Daley, Borough Council President -- narberth@comcast.net

Nancy Lotz, Borough council member -- narberth@comcast.net

Other council members here: http://www.narberthborough.com/narberth-borough-council-members.asp?bio=lotz


Questions? Rob McGreevey mcgreeve@tcnj.edu or Miriam Shakow mshakow@gmail.com

1 comment:

  1. Great idea to get the elected officials involved. If legislative changes are all that are required in order to make a coffee shop happen, let's hope the Council can figure out what they need to do. Assuming they make the necessary changes to the zoning rules, has anyone been identified who is ready to make the financial investment that can make this happen? Has a viable, available space been identified?

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