Businessmen trying to buy part of a ball field from Palmerton Area School District to build a Rite Aid pharmacy said they haven't given up their plans yet despite public opposition.
In fact, they say they hope to rally support by detailing plans to improve part of the Seventh Street Field in Palmerton that would remain, and funding development of at least four fields near the Palmerton Area Junior High School and Palmerton Area High School complex in Lower Towamensing Township.
Rite Aid wants to buy 1.5 acres of the 3.73-acre park to build a 15,000-square-foot store. Rite Aid has a store on Delaware Avenue in Palmerton, but it's only about 5,000 square feet in size.
Borough residents opposed to the sale noted it's one of the few ball fields in the community.
Developers would improve the remaining 2.33 acres of the Seventh Street field with lights, fencing, possibly artificial turf and others improvements suggested by the public.