Wednesday, January 6, 2016
REVIVE: WHAT WILL WORK AT THE VIADUCT?
Supermarkets and nightclubs have already been tried so something else has to arrive on 12th Avenue to make it a vibrant area. Once major issue is that the subway is a bit of trek and only businesses like Dinosaur Bar-B-Que or Fairway make it worth while but that is not enough. The new beer garden should bring some much needed day traffic but a much larger anchor should be considered for aforementioned former adaptive reuse space. Something like Ikea comes to mind since the major home furnishing retailer would attract foot traffic from all around. Even Home Depot would be a good choice in our opinion since that chain is a greatly needed resource uptown but the amount of square footage available might be an issue for those options but mini versions could solve that problem. Any suggestions out there?
Columbia has much of the land on a lock until construction finishes up in the next decade so the existing storefronts need to worked together to bring in a continuous stream of the greater uptown population together. This only works in a day-to-night model which the nightclubs have proven to be unsuccessful at so hopefully the future planning of anchor tenants will consider all of the above factors. The West Harlem piers are also right there so the elements are in place for a destination location but all the pieces are not the right fit at this point in time.