Plenty of small storefronts that could meet the imagination. Look what Wise Sons Deli did in the Mission on 24th!
Look at Brisbane Village. Empty storefronts for YEARS! Might be a good "loss" for the owners offsetting profits elsewhere, but it's bad for Brisbane. Some businesses there like the Star Postal were just starting to get off the ground and I heard they got a hefty rent increase. What good is that?!!!
Yes, maybe there should be a tax on vacant spaces.
Forget the city incentives. LOOK at the businesses. We are all going to other communities for variety.
Credit to Mama Mia's and Star Box for trying to look quaint and inviting. Other business owners do nothing to make their places look nice or inviting.
But some restaurants WERE bustling and then quality went down so did their patronage. That's the harsh reality.
Brisbane Village could look like Crystal Springs shopping center on DeAnza and attract passersby from Bayshore. Visitation has some funky architecture but the small shops could be a bonus. Look what Redwood City and San Carlos did with old buildings.
But the "product" has to be there. Sidewalk cafes are completely feasible. Five Star Cafe site sits languishing and has outstanding outdoor seating possibilities. Hey Mitch Bull, how about tearing down the old building ridden with termites and attracting a new restaurant for the site. The 23 Club has dynamite views and could have stunning "front porch" seating with a view of the Bay and watching the sunsets. It's always lacked the money to make this a reality. Old Town Scottsdale seized the challenge. The Pink Pony historic bar/restaurant there was outdated and a dog and now has a line out the door. The 23 Club is a similar type of building. What we need is a good product and some imagination. Our city could offer incentives to attract small businesses there. We go elsewhere because you can only eat at the same places over and over. More variety!
23,000-30,000 residents in order for a market to consider locating in Brisbane.
Read the Urban Land Institute - Technical Assistance Panel (ULI-TAP) Report from January 2014.
Be careful what you ask for. This would be better suited for the Baylands closer to a large population center and also still in our city limits so we gain the tax revenues