Roxborough residents battled with owners Anthony and Frank Giovannone to save the neighborhood's 130 year-old Bunting House, but the building fell victim to the wrecking ball last December. From the looks of it, the lot may not be sitting vacant for much longer, as a new development plan calls for a Wendy's to occupy the space.
Still reeling from the loss of the Dearnley Mansion in 2005, Roxborough area residents have created a Facebook page and begun passing around petitions in opposition of the idea. According to NewsWorks, while the lot's zoning allows for small retail and restaurant space, it would take a special permit to allow a drive-thru fast food restaurant like Wendy's.
Activists opposed to the new development plan could attempt to have the lot's previous residential zoning permit re-activated, but it is unlikely that a group without an official stake in the property could influence or dictate its future.
Curbed will continue to update as the story progresses.
· Roxborough Community Petitions Against Proposed Wendy's at Former Bunting House Site [NewsWorks]
· Bunting House Denied Request For Injunction (Updated with Analysis) [Hidden City]
· Bunting House Negotiations Tense Despite Truce [Hidden City]