Let me preface this by saying I don’t know anything about the city planning, architecture, construction, zoning regulations and other technicalities necessary to actually do any of this. I’m just saying that in a perfect world, this would be pretty cool.
While I suspect the cost to upfit most (or all) of these far exceeds the cost to bulldoze them and start over, creating something new without losing something old would be so much cooler.
Where: 1212 Central Avenue
Why: We need some recreation over here on Central (bonus points if you can hold a beverage while doing it) and there’s no need for anything fancy. Uptown can keep its sleek Strike City; all we need are a few lanes, a bar with local brews and some no-fuss food. Forget parking. We’re a walkable hood so make it a neighborhood hangout by turning the lot into a massive patio.
Indoor Farmers Market
Where: 1201 Central Avenue
Why: So the Plaza Midwood Farmers Market (held at Common Market) has a permanent place to call home. Keep the original stained glass but gut the rest of the 6,000-square-foot church down to its rafters for an open, industrial look. Rent out booth space for regular weekly markets and, when it’s not in use, lease out the entire building as an event venue. There are six buildings on the property totaling 18,000 square feet. Plenty of room for expansion, offices, etc.
Where: 917 Central Avenue
Why: This little island at the odd five-way intersection of Central, Louise and E. 10th isn’t conveniently accessible by car due to a lack of parking. An art gallery could capitalize on the foot traffic from nearby apartments. Plus, patrons at Central Coffee and Intermezzo would have somewhere to stroll after they’ve grabbed a coffee or while they’re waiting on a table.
Bonus Revival: Midwood Goods
Where: 633 Seigle Avenue
Why: Because you can never have too many convenience stores. This was exactly what it should be exactly where it should be; it just needs to come back full force with a Common Market/Rhino Market vibe: deli counter for to-go food, market goods, a bar and plenty of outdoor patio space. Its location right off 277 would make it the perfect stop for road trip essentials.