CHAMBERS ROAD

Shop owner didn't refuse to sell

I am responding to a letter that was sent to York Township residents protesting the removal of the traffic light on Chambers Road.

It is completely false that I refused to sell the Sweet Willows Creamery property to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. It is documented that on Jan. 29, 2013, I requested that they take my entire property.

I purchased the Blue Dove Bridal Shop in 2003 and converted it into a homemade ice cream parlor. I knew that parking would be an issue so I had the other half of my property approved by York Township for 21 parking spaces and an ice cream bar. This was done at considerable expense to me. It was going to have a beautiful bridge and willow trees surrounding the land.

In November 2008 PennDOT approached me and said that they needed my land for storm water. I was unclear as to why they needed this, so I hired a lawyer. I requested information from York Township, but I never heard anything from them and they never met with me.

Two years later I got another letter from PennDOT stating that they were taking only half of my property for a storm water pit. Leaving me with no room to expand and putting me dangerously close to the road, I had no options and needed them to take the whole property, which would allow me to relocate. They refused to do so.

I would appreciate it if this information could be publicly corrected as this could negatively affect my business, and I would welcome PennDOT to reconsider purchasing my property so that I can pursue my dream.

BRENT LEBOUITZ

York Twp.