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Save Rappahanock Coffee
Posted by: Jason Gooljar ()
Date: June 24, 2014 09:26PM

Last year, B.M. Smith and Associates submitted plans to Arlington County to build a new six-story luxury apartment building. This new building would demolish a strip of retail establishments, with the Rappahanock Coffee shop being included.

Sign the petition: http://saverappahanockcoffee.us

In recent years the Penrose community of Arlington, Virginia has seen a number of luxury apartments built and none of them are even near capacity. Meanwhile, the need for affordable housing has been ignored thus forcing people out of the area and possibly the county itself.

Rappahanock Coffee is one of the few remaining communal spaces in the area. Furthermore, it exists as an independent coffee shop at a time when chains like Starbucks overrun communities.

Sign the petition: http://saverappahanockcoffee.us

For the people who come here, the Rappahanock Coffee shop provides more than just a cup of coffee.

As an article in the Columbus Underground mentions:

“Independent coffee shops take on the character of their communities and cater to the needs of community members,” says Greg Ubert, President of Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea. “A great coffee shop becomes a hub for social interaction, and all kinds of great things can happen as a result of these interactions. People feel more connected and less stressed, friendships are formed and strengthened, community problems are solved, and business deals are struck.”1

If you believe that a community as a whole, and not just business interests should have a say in how development is handled, then I urge you to sign.

Sign the petition: http://saverappahanockcoffee.us

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1: Evanks, Walker. "The Important Role of Coffee Shops in Neighborhood Development" Columbus Underground. http://www.columbusunderground.com/the-important-role-of-coffee-shops-in-neighborhood-development

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Re: Save Rappahanock Coffee
Posted by: Answer about Neighbors ()
Date: July 05, 2014 08:16PM

Jason Gooljar Wrote:
>
> In recent years the Penrose community of
> Arlington, Virginia has seen a number of luxury
> apartments built and none of them are even near
> capacity. Meanwhile, the need for affordable
> housing has been ignored thus forcing people out
> of the area and possibly the county itself.


Haha..you haven't lived in Arlington for a while. This is standard Operating procedure. Just ask the people in Buckingham - Outed by $700K townhouses, Shirlington, outed to build upscale shopping and housing, or 395 and Glebe, where they tore down afforadable housing for upscale housing.

What do these areas have in common? Poor people. Manly poor Whites and Spanish in Buckingham, Poor Blacks in Shirlington and poor Spanish and blacks @ 395/Glebe.

Enjoy your streetcar Yuppie scum.

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Re: Save Rappahanock Coffee
Posted by: Mike12 ()
Date: July 08, 2014 07:19AM

In Virginia, thankfully property owners have associated property rights. Typically, property owners can redevelop their property within related code and zoning ordinances "by right." No county involvement.

If the county wants to influence the development, then it must offer up to the developer some goodies that on balance, convince the developer that it is willing to meet the county requests (saving Rappahannock) in return for the county goodies (bonus density). This is called a site-plan.

As the county long ago developed a form based code for Columbia Pike redevelopment for the express purpose of expediting redevelopment and avoiding the more lengthy, cumbersome and expensive site-plan process, it is unlikely anyone in the county would take this petition seriously. The decision was made 10 years ago and is not on the agenda for revisitation.

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