Letter to the Editor | Open Letter Regarding The Outbound Station Property from Joe Collins

First I need to thank everybody for the outpouring of help and involvement in our state of affairs relating to the potential taking by eminent area by the Borough of Conshohocken of the Outbound Station property, which we have now owned for 44 years. Your social media campaigning, petitions, e-mails, telephone calls, and personal urging have been encouraging, appreciated, and hopefully efficient.

My involvement with Conshohocken has been a continuation of our household’s custom of selling and serving our nice one sq. mile. I graduated from Temple College with a level in communications. I’m the second President of the Conshohocken Historic Society, following my father who was the primary. I spent 12 years on Conshohocken Borough Council and a couple of years serving as Mayor. I used to be the primary Shade Tree Commissioner, spent 25 years as Chairman of the Mary Wooden Park Fee, and am a member of the Conshohocken Ambucs.

My spouse Barbara and I stay in the home that was in-built 1857 and that my grandparents moved into on their marriage ceremony day on October 10, 1890. All of those experiences make me really feel certified to talk out after I see one thing fallacious. And what I’m seeing right here with this eminent area ordinance focusing on our constructing is fallacious, and I imagine that it’s only a microcosm of many extra points in Conshohocken.

A short historical past of the Outbound Station property: it was constructed because the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Conshohocken Station on the Schuylkill Valley Line circa 1890. The road was in direct competitors with the Studying Railroad and carried passengers and freight from the coal areas of Pennsylvania to Philadelphia. Passenger service ceased in 1962, however freight was nonetheless moved by even after my spouse and I bought the practice station constructing in 1978.

At the moment it was in deplorable situation, and we reacted to an indication on the constructing studying “Accessible,” which in the end led to our buy at public sale. Neither Conshohocken nor the Montgomery County
Redevelopment Authority acted upon the chance.

After a brand new roof and flooring, months of labor, each cent we had, and a good zoning board determination, Barbara opened The Outbound Station (providing antiques, collectibles, and presents). When the bike path was prolonged by Conshohocken in shut proximity to the store, we expanded the choices to incorporate drinks and snacks. After 30 years of operation, it was time to step again. In 2009 the constructing was leased to be used as a café, and has continued as such underneath completely different operators till COVID.

At current time we have now discovered an ideal match as the brand new tenant of the constructing, The Sofa Tomato Café, which already has profitable places in Manayunk and West Chester. We predict so extremely of them and recognize their ardour for the constructing and the neighborhood a lot that we felt assured in coming into right into a long-term 18 yr lease with Craig Mosemen and Mike Cassano, the homeowners of the enterprise.

We need to proceed with our plans. And I ask on your assist by contacting your authorities representatives, urging them to vote NO relating to eminent area of two Harry Avenue (The Outbound Station), and to talk out for the great of all. My final purpose is and at all times has been to advertise open, clear, and accountable authorities.

Each Barbara and I thanks.

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