matters, the Claymont Community Coalition is attempting to bring
about revisions which could mitigate the effects of developments
which are not by their nature unwelcome, according to George
Lossť, its president.
He agreed that there probably is a
need to erect a transmission tower in the area to deal with
technical problems with the
emergency communications system. But, he said, there are more
acceptable locations than in the long-sought county park at the
site of the former Woodshaven-Kruse School.
"We're not against having a tower.
What we're asking is why does it have to be put in the park
we've fought so hard for so long to get," he said. The same
purpose could be served by building the tower on vacant land in
one of the industrial establishments at the northern end of
Similarly, he said, there is no
store at Airport and Churchmans Road is similar for the
one Wawa plans in Claymont
to having a Wawa convenience store at the site of the former
Brosius-Eliason building materials store and lumber yard at the
intersection of Philadelphia Pike and Harvey Road. The umbrella
civic association and residents it represents would be happier,
however, if the company located its gasoline pumps at the rear
of the store rather than fronting on the highway whose
beautification is a key element in the Claymont Renaissance
cases, there is a feeling that powers beyond its control are
working to achieve their purposes in a way that would deny the
community a voice in the decision. "If they wanted to put these
things in Wilmington they wouldn't go about it as if the city
[government] did not exist. I don't think anybody is out to 'get
Claymont' but because we're not an incorporated town they don't
feel they have to let us in on their plans," said one activist.
tower-in-the-park is a particularly sore spot in that Lossť and
others say they might not have heard about it until it was an
accomplished fact had not Delaforum reported that its
consideration was the reason state officials have delayed
completion of the deal whereby the property will be transferred
from state to county ownership.
being told now that they investigated 22 sites. But we still
can't find out where they were and why none of them was
acceptable while the park is," he said.
Wawa came to the community and is willing to discuss it even
though, so far, they're set on having the pumps out front," he
Claymont property is properly zoned for the intended use and the
company's plans apparently meet the requirements of the county
Also of concern, Lossť said, is the
effect that reapportionment of General Assembly districts will
have on Claymont. Under present plans, the area stands to lose a
state senator, as the result of the combining of two districts,
and a representative, as the result of shifting district
boundaries. That means there will be half as much suburban
street money available as there is now, a likely comparable
reduction in the number of area projects receiving state
financial support "and two less voices speaking for Claymont,"