Save the Mahoning fundraiser tee
The beloved Mahoning Drive-in Theater was recently dealt a terrible blow when they found out the landlord had optioned the property to a green energy company to be used as a solar farm. The screen and projection booth are set to be torn down and the theater will be gone forever. In an attempt to help the Mahoning fam fight the future, we whipped up this (mc)fly shirt design and we're selling them on a PREORDER BASIS with ALL PROFIT going the theater in the hopes it will aid their mission to save the drive-in!
This is what they posted on their website:
Devastating news for the Mahoning Drive-In family -- due to circumstances beyond our control, the land in Lehighton, PA, upon which The Mahoning Drive-In Theater stands, was optioned by a solar company, Greenskies Clean Energy LLC, who plan to demolish the theater, iconic screen and marquee, and construct a solar farm in its place.
The management of the Mahoning Drive-In has leased the business from the landowner for decades, and was unaware of this situation until the following Public Notice was sent to neighbors via email, and published in the LEHIGHTON TIMES-NEWS:
"PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the Zoning Hearing Board of Mahoning Township ("Board") will hold a hearing at the Mahoning Township Building at 2685 Mahoning Drive East, in Mahoning Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania… regarding an application by CF Development Penn LLC, c/o Greenskies Clean Energy LLC ("Applicant"). Applicant seeks the following: relief pursuant to Sections 116-5 (Uses not provided for) and/or variance of Article VIII of the Mahoning Township Zoning Ordinance. Applicant seeks the listed relief to allow for the installation of a 1.53 MW AC solar generation system. The subject premise is owned by Joseph Farruggio, who has granted Greenskies Clean Energy LLC permission to file the subject zoning application. The subject premises is zoned C-1 Commercial District pursuant to the Mahoning Township Zoning Ordinance ("Ordinance"). The Township Zoning Hearing Officer issued a decision by letter dated May 3, 2021 that a Solar Energy System for commercial electric generation is neither permitted nor denied in the C-1 zoning district. All persons are welcome to attend and be heard. If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend this hearing, and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate in the proceedings, please contact Natalie Haggerty at (570) 386-4002 to discuss how Mahoning Township may best accommodate your needs. SANDRA PALINCHAK, Secretary MAHONING TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD 2685 Mahoning Drive East Lehighton, PA 18235 MATTHEW G. SCHNELL, SOLICITOR MAHONING TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD 505 Delaware Avenue P.O. Box 158 Palmerton, PA 18071 (610) 826-7678"
We are calling upon the Zoning Hearing Board of Mahoning Township to deny the requested variance/relief, and for Greenskies Clean Energy LLC to let their option lapse, allowing the Mahoning Drive-In Theater to purchase the land from the original landowner, in order to remain in operation, as it has since 1949. The Mahoning Drive-In Theater is a historic community resource, and welcomes visitors from across the globe, bringing revenue to local businesses and joy to tens of thousands every season.We urge all locals and supporters to attend the August 3rd, 2021 Zoning Board Hearing (begins sharply at 7pm, so please arrive early) and speak out against this variance, and by your presence show your support for The Mahoning being able to entertain and bring joy to another 72 years of patrons both local and from around the world.
We will be holding a rally at The Mahoning Drive-In Theater on Monday, August 2nd , and are inviting all media and supporters to come out to speak about The Mahoning and this issue, followed by a 35mm double feature of films to be announced. Overnight Passes will be free for all who attend this show.On Tuesday, August 3rd, starting at noon, we will invite supporters to meet at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater, with a caravan to the meeting at 6:00pm. Overflow parking will be available at Mahoning Speedway.(Final meeting place to be announced, should the Township require a change of venue due to capacity issues.)
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
Share our posts about this issue on social media, hashtagging #savethemahoning, #greenskiescleanenergy, and #cfdevelopmentpenn.Send letters showing your support for the Mahoning Drive-In (what the theater means to you, where you’re from, how much money you spend at the theater and at local businesses when you come) in this fight to:
Greenskies Clean Energy, LLC
127 Washington Avenue – West Building, Lower Level
North Haven, CT 06743
Sandra Palinchak, Secretary
Mahoning Township Zoning Hearing Board
2685 Mahoning Drive
East Lehighton, PA 018235
Come to the August 3rd meeting at 7pm (arrive early) in your Mahoning shirt, at the appointed location (close to the theater) to either speak or send a message by your physical presence. We especially need local support and neighbors to come out and speak out against a solar farm replacing this piece of so many of our hearts and history.