Wawa and associates,
On behalf of many residents and businesses of Media who have contacted me, I wanted to express our sincere appreciation for Wawa’s consideration of Media, PA and the efforts to bring a “Super Wawa” to our borough. As an iconic company in Delaware County, and a very close and good neighbor to Media; a lot of us were eager to further explore the challenges presented with such a project. In the good faith Wawa was willing to work with Media, we at least felt the same courtesy should have been extended to your group and Media Real Estate. Tragically, it appears it wasn't.
There may have been impasses either identified or unforeseen that could have ultimately prevented this new store; but at no time were the economic benefits taken for granted by our community: 35 new jobs, $1 million in contracting fees, $5 million in building fees and a steady tax revenue would not only be great for Media, but for any town. In this economical climate those opportunities should have been taken more seriously by our elected officials here in Media. I do however, commend Councilwomen, Monika Rehoric and Dawn Roe for both supporting this project, along with our Media Business Authority who was an advocate too.
Unfortunately, many here in the borough felt that Wawa, Media Real Estate and Linn Architects were not respectfully treated or appreciated by other members of Media’s borough council. Concerning as that is, and in no way reflective of this town; these borough officials did not show the leadership or conduct to effectively mitigate a professional outcome. If our leaders were surprised this proposal was pulled, as reported that they were by news outlets, it just goes to show how misinformed and badly organized they were to begin with. The frustration was there as seen throughout 2012, but the needed resolve and/or awareness by borough council was not.
It is our hope that Wawa considers Media again sometime in the future. As a community advocate that has supported some of our families with jobs and careers, along with a well known history of charity; it is important that we convey our sincere appreciation and utmost respect for the investment Wawa considered making in Media, Pa.