South Side Easton residents to have their say on what's next for neighborhood
EASTON, Pa. - Residents of South Side Easton are looking for input on revitalizing the neighborhood.
“We’ve lost Dunkin’ Donuts and a lot of business are not coming over here and it’s getting to be like a ghost town over here,” said Melody Rogers, president of the South Side Civic Association.
A community meeting is set for Tuesday night to get feedback.
- The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
- It will be held at the Easton Area Neighborhood Center
- It comes on the heels of news that South Side's only bank will close
Rogers said the aim of the meeting is to seek how the community can attract businesses. It comes less than two weeks after word that the Fulton Bank branch on Line Street — South Side's only bank — will close in April.
Rogers expects that about 40 people will attend the meeting including Mayor Sal Panto Jr. and members of the Easton City Council.
The South Side Civic Association has been in existence for 90 years hosting events for residents. Rogers said proceeds from activities usually go back into the community like National Night Out or movies in the park.
“We want people to be together. We want them to feel comfortable in their neighborhoods."Melody Rogers, president of South Side Civic Association
“We want people to be together,” Rogers said. “ We want them to feel comfortable in their neighborhoods. We want them to go to different restaurants and we want to put the business back in the South Side.”
Residents want a bank to replace Fulton Bank and restaurants or other places to eat, she said.
“People in South Side mostly are walkers,” Rogers said. “They’re elderly people that don’t go on the computer. They can’t walk someplace else. They don’t go to drive-up windows because they don’t drive a car.”
The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Easton Area Neighborhood Center. Rogers notes that the entrance to the meeting room will be at the back of the building.
Light snacks and refreshments like coffee and doughnuts will be provided.
The South Side Civic Association hosts regular meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at the neighborhood center at 902 Philadelphia Road.