Don't mistake my laziness for lack of support

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As seen on PoP:

An Open Letter to the Community
Re: Scheduled Opening of Engine Company 12

To all local residents,

Due to the lack of open support from community leaders and local civic associations, it has become necessary to delay the opening of Engine Company 12 from July 1, 2011 to September 1, 2011. We have tried for the past several months to garner letters of support from local area civic associations and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission without success. Without these letters the process to obtain an alcohol license from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration is drastically slower. Operating a restaurant of this size without an active ABRA license would be financially unfeasible.

Representatives from Engine Company 12 have been attending and presenting at local area civic association meetings and hosting meet and greets off and on for the past four months. It is unfortunate that this philosophy of open communication with local residents and civic leaders has not garnered the support necessary to yield letters of support from local groups.

If we are unable to obtain letters of support from the local civic associations and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission in the next 30-45 days the opening date will need to be delayed until after the start of the New Year. I apologize for this and we are still working diligently to get this project up and running as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,

Steven M. May Jr.
General Manager
Engine Company 12

"Due to a lack of open support"... huh? I was under the impression we in the TC and folks in Bloomingdale were looking forward to it. So 'looking forward' ≠ 'open support'?

Okay, just a shout out to those places opening up or in the next few months and you haven't gotten your ABC license yet, do that early. Particularly if your business won't survive 24 hours without it. Shaw Tavern? Unless there is some grandfathered license how the heck is that place supposed to open some time in the next few months? I haven't seen the sick orange poster announcing a license.

I'm going to take the Ms Manner's tactic in guessing that the letter writer is completely unware that he's blaming the neighborhood civic associations, ANCs and residents for their failure to get a license. When as far as I know, the B'dale and BACA Assocs have not challanged them. And I have no idea of the ANC 5Cs role. Heck I haven't even heard of any back and forth regarding a voluntary agreement. Also only just recently (past few months) there have been signs that the project was moving along after years of stops, starts and confusion. It would seem to be unrealistic that the neighborhood jump into action for something that takes a bit more work on the requestors' end. As someone stated on the Bloomingdale blog maybe the letter writer can come (or have a rep come) to the Bloomingdale Civic Assoc. meeting Monday the 16th and explain what he meant in the letter and hey maybe actually get that open support the firehouse needed. 

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Maybe Steve May would like to provide an email address for people to send letters of support TO. I think he might find that most of us don't want to write these letters just to keep them to ourselves.

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