Any idea if someone leased the old TaF storefront? I noticed the for lease sign was down. That's probably the biggest hole in the C City business district right now.
Date: 20 Sep 2010 20:56
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I heard from another building owner that Jeffrey Taylor is moving in. He's an active Columbia City neighbor, and right now his insurance office is near the corner of Genesee and 50th.
Jeffrey's a great guy with a super family, and I imagine he runs a good business. But I sure wish we could find something that really nurtured the sidewalk at this, our one hundred percent corner.
Agreed. What does an insurance agency do for the neighborhood? I'm sure Jeff's a good guy, but what a waste of space. Why does an insurance agent even need a walk-in store front?
I heard a number of restaurants were interested in the space but the historical landmark folks shut them down due to how the ventilation/exhaust requirements would be exposed on the side of the building. I'd surely take some duct work over a business the majority of the community will never utilize.
All for small businesses in C-City, but an insurance office on the main corner is a real let down. That space has so much potential. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
I've had my frustrations with the landmarks committee as well, but this isn't one of them. Because… they've got nothing to say about it. They don't review the composition of the business district, just the physical changes associated with its activity. It's never been on their agenda.
I've heard about the insurance office from just one person, so it could be nothing more than a rumor.
(update) Oh, I get it. I suppose someone at the City might have advised against a restaurant due to its effect on the building exterior. But I haven't heard about that, and I'm pretty sure our local committee hasn't discussed it. Let's ask Rebecca Frestedt.
Thank you for the post, I had not seen it. I appreciate your inquiry and attempts to clear up any misconceptions. As you noted, the Landmarks Preservation Board does not have jurisdiction over use within the Columbia City Landmark District. The land use code requires a Certificate of Approval for any exterior alterations associated with a new tenant, including installation of ductwork and mechanical equipment.
Historic preservation standards discourage installation of mechanical equipment on primary facades (such as Rainier or Edmunds); however, the Columbia City Review Committee and Landmarks Preservation Board consider each application or proposal on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the characteristics of each site. As the Coordinator of the district I am available to meet with property owners and potential tenants to explore options that allow for the continued viability of retail spaces and historic properties. I have not met with anyone to discuss or explore options for that space.
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