Jeff Bollier with the Green Bay Press Gazette interviewed me for our 2020 Wish List for Military Avenue. You can check out the full story below.
Each year our Board of Directors does an operating plan that outlines our goals for the year. This year of 2020 we hope to identify a brand to fit our flavor and add public amenities in that style to aid pedestrians and drivers shopping, working, or visiting here.
Public Amenities – A bench, a garbage can, public art pieces, landscaping, signage, bike stands … it’s yet to be identified. A strategic planning exercise might bring our business members closer to laying out a doable plan.
Food Hall – We are looking for participants or investors interested in a “food hall”. That is a food court with real, restaurateurs. It’s a place for a new restaurant or baker or food processor to start out with a smaller financial commitment. It is also a one-stop-shop for customers to have a variety of food choices. Not unlike what we are doing with our Pop-Up Ready store fronts. This food hall concept would be an incubator for foodies. In addition to the local foodie people, we would feature our farmers market growers, producers and crafters, too. A local, real food market, so to speak.
New Development – Most likely, the large boxes left from Shopko and Sears will become something other than a single retail entity. As retail shopping patterns change, so will the layout of such shopping structures. If you look at the land from above, there are some great opportunities to improve the use of the space and add needed retail, service, office, residential, or restaurants that will be sustainable.
I personally like mixed use plans where people can live and thrive in a walk-able district. That means that you can also park your car and walk to a shop and a restaurant or a service in a short distance. Since all of our district is privately owned, we can only help the owners identify the wants and needs for a successful investment in their property and our district.
How do YOU add your thoughts? Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are some thoughts for you to consider:
- What would make it easier for you to get around our Military Avenue district?
- What do you see as a need or luxury in our district?
- Is there any particular style you like that says “this is Military Avenue”?
- Are there certain stores or services you would like to see here?
- Is it easy to get here and find us?
Thanks for any feedback. We plan to share it with our property owners and stake holders!