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Posted: Saturday, December 4, 2010 10:17 pm

OLEAN — If there’s one thing Louis Magnano wants to be clear about, it’s that his plans to move a local soup kitchen to 164 N. Union St. aren’t a way for him get back at the city. 


“I’m not doing anything out of spite,” Mr. Magnano, president of Park Centre Development, said. “That’s not my intent at all. In fact, if anyone should be concerned as to where the Warming House goes in Olean, it should be me — I own most (properties) on North Union Street.”


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  • Mindy TWISS posted at 5:01 pm on Mon, Dec 6, 2010.

    gracie Posts: 79

    Is the comment"with the entrance out back you will never even know those people are even there" meant to be cruel? Come on, is this a case of "Hear no evil, See no evil, do no evil?" So what if people are standing on the street? Can you be anymore out of touch with reality?
    I hope that some of "THOSE" people initiate a discrimination lawsuit! Why is it unacceptable to be POOR? In any other city other than Olean?
    Remember life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness...please do not be so single minded.

  • Mindy TWISS posted at 11:23 am on Mon, Dec 6, 2010.

    gracie Posts: 79

    No one is discounting Mr. M's passion for his home town. What I fail to understand, is the fact that the people of Olean wish not to accept that they (Olean residents) have POOR people living in the city. The back door comment is offending. Being charatable
    does not equate with making disadvantaged persons to disappear. How cruel.

  • Rebecca WETHERBY posted at 9:54 pm on Sun, Dec 5, 2010.

    Becky56 Posts: 1

    I think the City should be more than happy to fill the stores uptown. I have lived in Olean all my life and have found Mr Magnano has a passion for his home town... to go forward and survive in these hard times has been difficult! He has invested a lot of money in Olean. As for the Warming house,it sounds like he has the answer. With the entrance out back you will never know those people are even there, and the front looks great! Come on Common Council...vote yes. It benefits everyone!

  • Mindy TWISS posted at 7:45 pm on Sun, Dec 5, 2010.

    gracie Posts: 79

    If,I am undrstanding this matter correctly..the city does not appreciate The Warming House and Mr. M. is involved with on-going battles with the city of olean. Thus, the line about Mr. M. being spiteful.(his own words)
    The logical and community concern would be for Mr. M. to DONATE the property in question and show what a great humanitarian he is.
    Remember, it is better to give than to receive and this is the Christmas season, not to mention these people are going without the service that the Warming House has given for many years. Do unto others as you would have them so unto you.