"What This Neighborhood Needs..."

You fill in the blanks as the City of Lafayette extends a unique opportunity for residents to have a say in what sort of business comes to town.


Bakery? Boutique? Baby Clothes? Blacksmith's shop? Well, probably not the latter -- all that clanging and whinnying -- but The Forge in Lafayette has a vacancy and city leaders would like some input from locals about what they'd like to see go in there.

The Forge, as you know, is one of the city's most unique properties. It's located at Brown Avenue and Mt. Diablo Blvd, 3416 Mt. Diablo Blvd. to be precise, and enjoys proximity to neighbors like , , and .

What do you think the neighborhood needs? Remember, it should fit in with the surrounding businesses. Post your ideas in the comments thread. City planners will be reading your ideas and, perhaps, basing future invitations to established businesses based on your suggestions.

Nancy Lee April 07, 2012 at 06:12 PM
High end antique store? Wasn't there one in there not too long ago? Perfect location for that purpose and lots of charm. Plus you can just pop over to Artisan or Bo's for lunch!
Spencer April 07, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Why doesn't the city just contact The Forge owner, he makes the decision of what to put into vacant spaces. The complex is purely a destination. Unless you're interested in eating some fine BBQ, dining at Artisan Bistro or into yard, what's drawing customers to The Forge? My guess is the owner will fill the space with the next prospective tenant willing to pay the rent. City or resident input will have little to do with that decision. When was the last time the city actually engaged in retail recruitment? That's not in their scope of work, and frankly who at the city will spend their time searching for the "right" business? The owner should engage with a qualified retail broker, agree on a merchandising plan as to what businesses they feel would be suitable for the complex, and go after those kinds of uses. With a new senior citizen complex going up next door I would think catering to that clientele is worth the effort.
lisa April 07, 2012 at 09:32 PM
A wine/beer bar would be nice. There's just not enough choice in Lafayette.
DanglingParticiple April 07, 2012 at 11:14 PM
A massage parlor or an indoor dog park.
Eliz April 07, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Shoes. Anything but more coffee.
Jose April 08, 2012 at 03:52 AM
A Hawaiian themed rum bar, complete with tiki torches, ukelele music, surfboards, pictures of Elvis, and waiters in mumus serving mai tais. The air fare is killing me.
DC / Lafayette April 08, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Chris Nicholson April 08, 2012 at 07:40 AM
If you swap out for grass skirts, you'd get my vote.
Danielle April 08, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Perfect for an antique shoppe (a good one). Interior design studio? What is rent?
Anne Rabe April 08, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I don't know about an indoor dog park, but Lafayette could sure use an outdoor one. The community garden across from the reservoir is a great idea. Isn't there some space in that area for a dog park?
mcc-dad April 08, 2012 at 08:26 PM
A town center; block out the asphalt and cars, put out tables and some roof over them so people can gather and sit....a real town square instead of shopping strip malls. Imagine Farmer's Market, but everyday.
Chris F. April 08, 2012 at 09:31 PM
A golf course
Eliz April 08, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Businesses that have moved out of town because they cannot make a living include flower shops, shoe repairs, video stores (duh) photo processing, health club. The only thing that can pay the rents here are restaurants.
bcrane1 April 09, 2012 at 12:46 AM
wrecky April 09, 2012 at 12:55 AM
yeah a delish burger place
Hutt Wings April 09, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Either an In-and-Out or a destination medical marijuana dispensary, please.
X April 09, 2012 at 04:01 AM
In-n-Out: best idea I've heard, so far.
CJ April 09, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Now that is funny DP!!
Jose April 09, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Can we get permits for storing expended nuclear fuel there? The walls look pretty solid, and there might be employment opportunities for, you know, armed guards. I hear that Yucky Mountain isn't working out, and we can turn that to our advantage. The "present administration" needs Nevada in the fall, but California is a given. They may pay good money if someone will "soldier up". Plus, I hear from local patchers that we have nothing to fear. It's a win-win.
CJ April 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
You can't swing a dead cat with out hitting a burger place these days. My prediction is with all the low cost burger joints coming to the EB you will be sick of this idea very soon. Restaurant developers have seen the future due to skyrocketing inflation of food prices and the general lack of discretionary income (lots of reasons) burgers are the future because they are cheap to make and sell with huge margins. 5 guys, Smashburger, The Counter, The Habit all are trying to kill the Fuddruckers of the world and take a share of the cheap eats category. I expect there will be a backlash in the media as people begin to realize these places are not much healthier(maybe much worse) than McD's/BK/CJr's but that would have been obvious to everyone right?
Kelsey April 09, 2012 at 07:05 PM
We do need a good bakery, for birthday cakes!
Margaret Faller April 09, 2012 at 07:35 PM
(Non-chain) Micro-brewery/pub that is also a good burger joint/pub food...(with onion rings on the side)...please. Mmmmmmmmmm
Tim Davis April 09, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Great spot for a specialty bakery. Good parking and neighbors.
Jackie April 09, 2012 at 09:06 PM
In-N-Out; Healthy eatery juice place that offers much more than Jamba; all sorts of green drinks, vegan and gluten free food; I am Grateful restaurant, indoor/outdoor dog playground
DanglingParticiple April 09, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Planned Parenthood.
DanglingParticiple April 09, 2012 at 11:04 PM
A record store. You know 78, 45, 33. "Don't Cry Out Loud" or "I'll Never Love This Way Again" on 8-tracks. And some blank reel-to-reels for my stereo cabinet. If they carried some Polaroid film that would be great, too.
Joe April 09, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Sports bar.
Harry Jenkins April 11, 2012 at 12:41 PM
A private school.


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