Morning Headlines: Site of the Historic Bunting House Will Now Be a Wendy’s

Naturally, advocates of historic preservation can’t control what happens to land once a historic building is demolished and the land waits for development, but the latest news reported by Matthew Grady for NewsWorks must seem like an especial affront to all those Roxborough residents who fought so hard to keep the Bunting House from being torn down.

The owners of the former Bunting House had already tussled with the neighborhood association  plenty. An online petition against a Wendy’s on that site–5901-5909 Ridge Avenue–was launched, and a meeting in March was contentious.

But as Grady writes, there may be more opinions than those represented at the meeting:

While the crowd who came out to the March meeting was unanimous in opposition to a fast-food drive through on the site, many expressed support for it on internet forums. As of Thursday morning, more than 250 people had “liked” theRoxborough Wendy’s Facebook page. (The Roxborough Residents Against Wendy’s page on Facebook has more than 350 likes.)


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