NoPornNorthampton emailed the following message to Robert J. Greeley on Saturday. Having received no response, we now share it with the public. We invite those of similar opinion to contact Mr. Greeley.
Dear Mr. Greeley,
In August, you wrote to a Northampton resident stating that you personally would have rejected Capital Video as a tenant for 135 King Street, but their plans were legal and so you felt your obligation was to carry out your clients’ wishes.
As you are probably aware, the Northampton City Council approved new adult-use zoning on Thursday. Capital Video’s plans for a 6,222-square-foot porn shop at 135 King Street are now not permitted. Accordingly, we request that R.J. Greeley withdraw from this transaction.
Please let me know your reply at your earliest convenience.
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 101
Northampton, MA 01060-3961
In our email, we reprinted a section of this post from August 14…
From: Robert Greeley
Cc: ‘Brendan Greeley’
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2006 6:12 PM
Subject: RE: property
Dear Concerned Citizen,
We are the leasing agent for the Owner of the property. By contract, by our code of ethics, and by law governing my real estate license, I am obligated to act in the best interest of my client, the Owner. If I owned the property, I would have rejected the tenant. I don’t own the property. The Owner chose to accept the tenant, who is, as far as I know, compliant with all laws in the City of Northampton.
Those who object to the use should look to the political process in the City of Northampton, to take the appropriate steps to enact the laws to prohibit such a use (if constitutional).
Believe me, I am sympathetic with your concerns. I don’t think it fair to focus your wrath on me or my Company. The laws of the City of Northampton and the decision of the Owner are more appropriate places to plead your case.
I trust that you will consider the facts of the process before you impugn my integrity. You might learn the facts, before you judge me and suggest that money overrules my morality. You don’t know a thing about me or my morality, and have no basis or right to judge me. Shame on you as a resident of [more than 25] years to have been so lax for so long as to not involve yourself in the political process of attempting to preclude this use in your neighborhood. Since you are so concerned about the City’s reputation and quality of life, what pro-action have you taken to enact the laws that might have prohibited this use? Maybe you should be looking at yourself and your political complacency…before you “blame” me for following the law and my contractual obligations to the property owner.
Robert J. Greeley
R.J. Greeley Company, LLC
One Federal Street, Bldg. 104-2R
Springfield, MA 01105