Dear Neighbor,




We the undersigned, residents of the communities surrounding the proposed convenience store to be located at 2400 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA, do hereby OPPOSE the addition of this business in our community.  According to Section 7-305.7 of the Zoning code, convenience stores are no longer permitted in mid density communities without a variance and without adequate parking.  We currently have 13 food/convenience stores in our community, all within walking distance of our homes.  How many stores is too many?  And who should decide this?  The Harrisburg Planning Commission has recommended granting a variance despite the Zoning code’s opposition to more stores, despite the recommendation of its own staff to deny the application because of the negative impact on the community and despite the objections of the neighbors.  


Our concern here is that the character of our community is being changed by these decisions and city government is ignoring the voice of the people.  The only way for us to take ownership for our neighborhoods is to speak with one voice of self-determination.   By this petition, we bring to the attention of our elected or appointed officials our displeasure in not being treated as equals in deciding the future of our communities and neighborhoods.  Please join us by signing this petition to let all parties know that we, the neighbors insist that the Zoning code be honored and our neighborhoods protected from these repeated encroachments on the character of the community.   We live here, own homes here and have to have a voice in whether a variance is granted.   Again, we are in opposition to another convenience store business being located within our neighborhood.  Please raise you voice.  Sign the petition and help preserve this community. 




If you haven’t already done so, please sign our petition, and please add your comments to our website. Spread the word to your neighbors, friends, and family.


It is very important for all concerned neighbors to sign the petition above, share with their neighbors, and attend these meetings to express their views.

 If you’d like to volunteer to help please indicate your areas of interest.  Thank you for your enthusiastic support.


Together, we can help preserve the neighborhood that we love.

Public Hearing Notice is posted on the Proposed Location at 2400 Derry Street.  Please join us at the Harrisburg Zoning Board Meeting on April 18th, 2016 6:00pm the City Center to show your support for the opposition to the introduction of another convenience store within our neighborhood.



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  • signed 2017-04-14 01:38:12 -0400
  • signed 2016-09-27 08:57:38 -0400
  • signed 2016-06-26 10:52:25 -0400
  • signed 2016-06-03 17:58:55 -0400
    Gina Holly
  • signed 2016-04-18 14:43:45 -0400
    Why would you allow another convenience store in a neighbor that has too many now? Why do you have rules/laws when you grant variances, exceptions, changes? Why do you make it difficult for public input? Not everyone gets a paper. Neighbors who have called me about this are very upset about another store. They are concerned about parking, foot traffic through properties, and loud kids hanging around. They are also worried about increasing the undesirable population in the area. I feel bad about stopping the currant owner from selling to TJ Markets, but like the Elder property there must be a better way to use these properties without destroying the value, safety, and Peace in our residential area. I believe TJ markets would do a better business in another area such as the 20th to 23rd St area.
  • signed 2016-04-17 22:20:08 -0400
    My goodness we have enough convenient stores in our neighborhood. Another one would only create more foot traffic, as well as more trash on the streets and our lawns. Not to mention all the noise from groups of kids and grown ups walking to the store.
  • signed 2016-04-17 18:08:26 -0400
    Neighbors should have a say so in what types of businesses that would like to have in their neighborhoods. I appose having the Planning Board decide this and not taking the recommendation presented by their own department.
  • signed 2016-04-17 10:58:03 -0400
  • signed 2016-04-15 20:25:08 -0400
    There are too many stores competing for business in this area. This doesn’t fit in our residential area. There are too many converted homes to apartments make parking a night mare. There is a bar a block away which is very troublesome to the residents. The neighborhood as a whole is changing and the drug dealers are contributing to the problems. Do we really need another hang out for them? Customers might park in the bus stop—no tickets given for that. Residents and visitors park too close to corners—no tickets—visibility is very difficult. Feel bad that people in this area are having laws broken left and right; now city codes are been changed, excused, altered to suit new people who don’t really care about the neighborhood. Too many troublemakers pass through or hang out near or in these stores—we don’t want another hang out. Don’t send me any e-mails. I oppose! that is enough..
  • signed 2016-04-14 18:38:26 -0400
    I oppose allowing a new convenience store to locate at 2400 Derry St., especially since there is no available parking provided for customers. Also, that corner is extremely hazardous for traffic approaching from 24th street onto Derry because of the poor visibility of the traffic flow on Derry Street due to parked cars on the sides of Derry Street. It is already too congested at this intersection and increased traffic would make it a nightmare.
  • signed 2016-04-13 21:27:54 -0400
    I oppose to the addition of this store.
  • signed 2016-04-13 17:19:13 -0400
    We do not need another store in this area. It will create more traffic as well as litter on our streets.
  • signed 2016-04-13 16:26:15 -0400
    I truly don’t think we need another store. Maybe a bakery or a flower shop but NOT another convenience store. I have two of them right across the street. What is the use of having a zoning code if all you have to do is get a VARIANCE and change it It is really unfair to the neighbors who only have a short time to respond. How can the Planning Commission which consist of four people who don’t live in our neighborhood know what is best for the neighboer
  • signed 2016-04-13 12:47:28 -0400
  • signed 2016-04-13 04:59:40 -0400
    Not in favor of ANOTHER convenience. Many already within walking distance.