The City of Manassas Park has apparently moved on from trying to harass business owners adjacent to the Connor Center out of business, and shifted their focus to the Manassas Park Shopping Center. The property owner, Jerax Enterprises, has sent a memo to their tenants asking them to document the tremendous amount of police activity that has been so pervasive it has driven customers away from this strip mall. When a substantial number of people pulling into the parking lot are detained by the Manassas Park Police, it tends to ensure that the businesses there don’t have a whole lot of customers to serve.
To: All Tenants, Manassas Park Shopping Center
From: Ericka A. Otero, Property Manager
Date: March 24th, 2008
Re: excessive police presence
I have received several complaints from tenants regarding an excessive amount of police presence in the shopping center adversely affecting their business. While we welcome the Manassas Park Police patrol, we do not feel unauthorized police surveillance activities on our property without our knowledge is called for. Therefore, we are working with the City to determine the reason for the police surveillance activities and whether in-fact these activities are authorized by the City. To help us investigate further, I would appreciate it if you would maintain a record of the time, date, and type of police vehicles parked in the front and/or in back of the shopping center and contact me immediately. Information such as whether the police vehicles belong to the Prince William County, City of Manassas Park, or are unmarked vehicles, will be greatly helpful.
Pursuant to our conversation with Mr. Payton, the City Manager and the Police Chief, Mr. Evens, on this matter, a copy of this memo is forwarded to them for their information.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, call me at (XXX) XXX-XXXX.
How nice of the City of Manassas Park to use their police department to harass their minimal commercial tax base out of business at the same time their residential tax base has taken such a tremendous hit. What makes this even more interesting is that the City has been acting like they were a buyers agent for a commercial development company from New York City with rumored ties to organized crime, escorting company agents around, and talking about some sort of grandiose redevelopment project at the site.
Let’s see now, how long does Manassas Park wait before Colonial Downs can once again sponsor a ballot initiative to run a gambling operation in the Park?
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