This morning, the Montgomery County Council unanimously voted in support of investing $66 million of public taxpayer money to jump start Phase 1 of the Wheaton redevelopment project.
On Tuesday, members of the Coalition for the Fair Redevelopment of Wheaton, which includes LEDC, delivered copies of the Small Business Pledge to Councilmembers in advance of today’s final vote. Coalition small business leaders, including Filippo Leo, Raymond Rose, Luis Bonilla, and Kofi Sillah, met with District representative Councilmember Nancy Navarro to thank her and the Council for its support as well as indicate the Coalition’s continued commitment to the fair redevelopment of the area.
Kofi Sillah, owner of Wheaton small business Global Cafe African Grill, shared his enthusiasm for the Coalition’s work to activate new voices in Wheaton to become more involved in the significant decisions that affect his community. He reinforced his hope that the redevelopment project slated to begin in 2014 will ultimately benefit the existing community, including small businesses.
“I want to be able to say that I was there when all of this began,” Sillah said.
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