Roger LeBel

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Supported a comment by Max Jacob on Grand Street Commons 1 year, 1 month ago
Max Jacob
Provide affordable space for local BIPOC small businesses to operate. Possibly include pilot retail space for small businesses to operate pop-ups. Farmers market in plaza on weekends for local artists/businesses? Artwork that pays tribute to Central District/Garlic Gulch/Asian history of neighborhood. Make the public space accessible to everyone by including non-hostile seating, prioritizing pedestrians, and attracting businesses that aren’t catered only to privileged people
Supported a comment by Mich G on Grand Street Commons 1 year, 1 month ago
Mich G
All too often ground floor retail rental space gets eaten up by businesses that really do nothing to improve/drive community vibrance, or act as a real attraction to the community/wider public. See dentist, law office, gym, Verizon store.... While some services are indeed helpful to the community it would be great to see these prime ground floor spaces prioritized to protect the plaza from the deadzone effect places like the above can create. Not much value in a dentists office being on the ground floor...no one is drawn in by seeing others get their teeth drilled or intrigued by a place that ALWAYS has its blinds closed. Without any real draw or wider invitation for people to visit and utilize/energize the space, it will probably remain avoided. Without real attractions to draw people INTO the plaza, green space and play areas will get under utilized. Care should be given to what business can fill the ground floor space. It should be reserved for unique retail that is of actual interest or real convenience for the neighborhood. Local or POC owned businesses that can also reflect the culture of the surrounding community would be a huge plus. Hard to assess or make distinctions of what would be convenient, interesting, or community building,  but for the love of god, please don’t rent all the ground floor spaces to offices or gyms, etc... stuff like that can go on another floor... this plan annoyingly already looks like it has a large amount of office space planned.
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Over 10 years
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