Recently, the Village of Pittsford and it’s Board of Trustees discussed new zoning legislation to exclude certain businesses (tattoo parlors, smoke shops, night clubs, pawn shops, check cashing, distillery’s) as a proactive approach to keep the historic local business community preserved.
Some might say that this is discriminatory and discourages business development and the entrepreneurial spirit of the “American Dream”. On the other hand the Village of Pittsford and it’s Board of Trustee are bringing to attention, discussing and identifying small businesses that are “predatory” and who’s impact to the Pittsford community is more negative than positive (from a socio-economic perspective).
Let’s be realistic here and vision out a scenario where a local Sutherland high school student get a hold of a fake i.d. buys cigarettes (tobacco products and accessories), gets a new tattoo, and pays for it by pawning a relatives ring or gold watch – all within a lunch period and walking distance.
There are plenty of options for local consumers to meet their needs elsewhere withing a short drive from Pittsford NY but to keep the historic and family friendly business environment preserved it is important to have requirements and exclude predatory businesses.
To say the least the discussion has begun with local officials moving forward now that there exist vacant prime small businesses locations at the 4 Corners and Schoen Place.
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