What New Businesses Do You Want On Georgia Avenue?
Last week, Dan Silverman (PoP) reported the latest gossip that the empty lot at Georgia Avenue and Otis Place is destined for development and will have an “organic bodega.” Based on my experience and the conversations I have had with developers, I can safely wager that there will be no “organic bodega” coming to Otis Place — that is, unless someone has figured out how to sell higher priced organic produce next to an existing market without selling beer, wine, and/or spirits.
With ABRA’s moratorium on Class B licenses (beer and wine) and rules on Class A licenses (liquor stores), the only new businesses that can locate on Georgia Avenue between the Georgia Avenue Metro and Park Road and sell alcohol are bars, taverns, or restaurants. With this in mind, I’d like to know what new businesses the community would like to see open up in Park View.
New development is continuing to happen along Georgia Avenue and each project includes retail space. Some, like The Avenue have spaces around 2,500 sq. ft. Others, like The Heights will have as much as 10,000 sq. ft. of retail space. Add into this mix future projects like The Vue and the empty lot on Otis Place — not to mention the existing empty storefronts that are available immediately — there is plenty of room for new businesses.
So the question becomes, what businesses should be pursued that would add to the retail we already have on Georgia Avenue? Would a coffee shop with wireless Intranet work here? Do you think a small home goods store like Home Rule would do well? Or, should the primary focus be more on services like dry cleaning?
Knowing what the community will support will greatly enhance the conversations I’ll be having with prospective businesses later this week.Commerce and Businesses, Development comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.