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The Park Attacks Their Commercial Tax Base, Again

By Greg L | 30 March 2008 | Manassas Park | 6 Comments

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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  1. El Guapo said on 30 Mar 2008 at 7:20 am:
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    No, anonimo, I think Greg may be right right to conclude that the police have absolutely no reason for their presence there except to harrass businesses. Similarly the West Virginia whiskey drinker may be right to conclude that those lights in the sky are UFOs.

  2. Pat.Herve said on 30 Mar 2008 at 7:23 am:
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    Is the MP PD questioning the legal status of the drivers entering the parking lot?

  3. Arlington Minority said on 30 Mar 2008 at 3:31 pm:
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    El Guapo is clearly in the habit of offering enlightened and selfless community service.

  4. Manassas said on 30 Mar 2008 at 8:15 pm:
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    Notes! Some homeowner’s find out that their properties record has changed, such as the sq ft,than the normal. I think they were trying to make it look likes the sq ft is higher to raise the value of the property.

  5. Mr. Anon said on 31 Mar 2008 at 1:59 pm:
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    I haven’t set foot in this shopping center for years. Seems to me it went to seed years ago. Other than the Radio Shack, what else would you go there for?

  6. SJCheney said on 15 Apr 2008 at 11:41 am:
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    A lot of the police presence has been to harass the owner of the Rack N Roll billiard hall.

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