Monday, November 19, 2018

O'Malley's Ice Cream on State Street told to remove neon sign


I was informed over the weekend by a reader that O'Malley's Ice Cream Pub on State Street received a letter from the borough requesting the neon sign in their window be removed.  After 31 years this business has had the sign, the borough now cites it causes too much glare and can take away from other businesses and distract drivers.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Commercial side of Media seeing activity. 610 Painter Street is under contract



I wrote about this back in March of 2018 out of curiosity of what might become of the commercial side of Media.   Nowadays you see a lot of investment in these types of areas in an attempt to catch a "good deal"  or launch a "good idea," no one else thought to think of.   I know of two that recently took place based on the same idea in another state.  Revitalizing a commercial area with something cool like a distillery seems like a win-win for everyone, but time will tell how accurate that vision was.   For now, it's popular and gets a lot of buzz.

Real Estate is treacherous.   A wise developer once told me, "If you think you have exclusive knowledge on property that gives you an edge on purchasing it, ten people thought the same thing you did when they walked through it yesterday." That's true, so know the area, environment and about ten other variables that will come in play in the commercial arena.  The less emotion, the better.

The 610 Painter Street property that's under contract isn't really all that spectacular when it comes to local news.  In fact, it's pretty routine as far as I can tell.  I have no idea who bought the property or what will become of it; perhaps nothing.  Why I took the time to write this deals with why the borough also found this property interesting.  I've filed a FOIA with the borough based on information I received that they had it appraised and made an offer on the property that wasn't accepted.  Why would that be done when they have a facility a few yards away?  Expansion? Re-location?


11/15/18

FOIA Request: Borough appraisal and offer presented for commercial property on Painter St.



Jeff Smith, Media Borough Manager
Media Borough Hall
301 N. Jackson St.
Media, PA 19063

Jeff

Pursuant to a formal FOIA submission, I'd like to request all email correspondence/discussions between Media Borough and any/all parties involved in the appraisal and/or offer put forth for property in the commercial district of Media, specifically 610 Painter St. Additionally, I like to request any contractual information regarding leasing of borough property adjacent to the newly developed West End Flats. I'll file an additional FOIA if needed.

I request that a copy of the following documents, either electronic or hard copy, be submitted to me at this email address: tedmano@gmail.com or mailed to 128 E. 6th Street.  Media, PA.

Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in my commercial interest.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,
Tedman O’Hara
128 E 6th Street
Media, PA 19063

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Veterans Square walkway coming along nicely.



Things taking shape for Media's new walkway along Veterans Square, yet almost 25 years and people still can't use the Third Street Bridge.  Politics?


Noisy neighbor leads to changes.


UPDATE: 11/15/18

FOIA REQUEST: BOROUGH APPRAISAL AND OFFER PRESENTED FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ON PAINTER ST.

   
Jeff Smith, Media Borough Manager
Media Borough Hall
301 N. Jackson St.
Media, PA 19063

Jeff

Pursuant to a formal FOIA submission, I'd like to request all email correspondence/discussions between Media Borough and any/all parties involved in the appraisal and/or offer put forth for property in the commercial district of Media, specifically 610 Painter St. Additionally, I like to request any contractual information regarding leasing of borough property adjacent to the newly developed West End Flats. I'll file an additional FOIA if needed.

I request that a copy of the following documents, either electronic or hard copy, be submitted to me at this email address: tedmano@gmail.com or mailed to 128 E. 6th Street.  Media, PA.

Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in my commercial interest.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,
Tedman O’Hara
128 E 6th Street
Media, PA 19063



Well, that didn’t take long.  Residents of the newly opened West End Flats aren’t too happy with the Media Highway department and the adjacent property they use to park trucks and equipment at.  

As I hear, the early morning trash trucks and such with their vehicle back-up alarms are not making for a harmonious setting for those who recently plunked down around $1,700 a month for a dwelling.  To this end, an agreement of some sort has been worked out where apparently Media Borough will, for now, relocate the equipment to the Media Youth Center, while the vacated space will be used for additional parking for the West End Flats.  This should happen around the end of the year.  

I understand the apartment complex will pay to use the space.  It's not clear how long the equipment will be kept in the area of the Media Youth Center.

Progress being made on the remodeling of the former Towne House property


Major work taking place on the remodeling of the former Towne House Restaurant site.  

Monday, November 12, 2018

Ocean City Coffee Company expected to setup shop on State Street


It won't be your cup of tea, unless you like coffee, then you might have something to work with.  Renovations are underway to bring what's expected to be an Ocean City Coffee Company, coffee shop.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Shoplifting on State Street



Apparently, shoplifting on State Street is a problem worth mentioning.  So much so, that one business owner reached out to me to express their concern.  They went on to say it happened to them last week by a visitor to their store.






Economy boosted by strong numbers across the board.