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"What This Neighborhood Needs..."

... is a good, what? What does this neighborhood need? The City of Lafayette would like to hear your thoughts.

 

Planners for the City of Lafayette would be pleased to hear your suggestions for a new business to fill this currently vacant space in the Happy Valley Shopping Center at 3629 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

The rather non-descript center is home to some formidable Lafayette businesses, including: Johnny's Donuts and Round Table Pizza. Handlebar Toys is leaving later this month.

What sort of business would you like to see occupy the space?

CJ April 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I don't understand how this continuing thread of asking the populace what or who they want to occupy every vacant retail space. How is this even remotely relevant? The owner will employ (typically) a Commercial Broker to mine the market for potential lessees who will decide whether or not the investment and local retail environment will provide a favorable ROI to fit their business plan. The only time the public's opinion will have any impact will be the day the new business open it's doors. The issue with that center is it is aging and in need of a complete update. But that will never justify economically given the fact that the site is so underparked. Assuming that lot next to Diablo will never become available to the owners, the only real solution to that center is complete demo and rebuild in a different configuration that would eliminate many of the current leased spaces. It is one of those conundrums that property owners struggle with constantly.It is VERY expensive to resolve.
Harry Jenkins April 18, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Tear it down and put in a private Christian school serving K-12.
carrera April 18, 2012 at 04:12 PM
What's happening to Handlebar?
Jose April 18, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Polynesian Dance Studio...and Rum Bar for parents and guests.
c5 April 18, 2012 at 04:37 PM
combination tatoo parlor and nail salon, at night converting to a massage palace.
Rosemary April 18, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Rumba at the Rum Bar?
Jason Lee April 18, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Hawaiian BBQ!
Rosemary April 18, 2012 at 04:59 PM
But only if they play Glenn Medeiros songs in the background. http://youtu.be/MLxTEV5vpyg
Jose April 18, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Throw in a rum bar, and I'm in!
Eastofthehills April 18, 2012 at 06:25 PM
nudity bar! And a local chapter of No Ma'am
DC / Lafayette April 18, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I agree...demolish and start over.
CJ April 18, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Dude- Walk a few hundred feet towards the Trader Joe's and stop just before you reach, look left. You will see a Hawaiin BBQ called Lava Pit. It's been there for 2 years.
Oppelt April 19, 2012 at 02:00 AM
No small business will be set-up for success renting there. It's not just non-descript—it's an eyesore with terrible parking. Why would anyone desire to shop there? If you want to keep spending money in the town—you need to consider an experience (not just store) that would attract them. So either you have one helluva upgrade on your hands or redo. Either way you need to spend money—and find it highly unlikely that the owner who obviously doesn't like to spend any dough will decide to do this.
CJ April 19, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Of course you are absolutely correct. It will likely take a large developer purchasing this entire parcel(s) and doing a total redevelopment on a large scale. I would predict a contentious entitlement process that would take years to mitigate.
Walkable April 20, 2012 at 06:18 AM
We could use a good taqueria to replace the loss across the street of Numero Uno, or a good greasy burger place to replace Flippers. Not sure if its big enough, but Lafayette could also use a Vietnamese place, and a full-service Greek place, and even Ethiopian or Malaysian. And its definitely not big enough for this, but we also need another good all around family restaurant and a sports bar and/or Irish pub.

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