After numerous meetings and open houses, the coalition behind the Wikman-Arleta Building Project is presenting a few options for interested parties to consider for plans to move forward with. As is typical of their process thus far, the coalition is seeking public input. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the below options, either on this site or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All options include modifying one of the front ramps to meet ADA requirements and add a ramp to the door on Holgate.
Mezzanine is closed in and used for open offices.
Basement might be reconfigured to get more storage space.
Look into ways to add storage for tables and chairs on main floor.
Option 1 – Credit union and business incubator
Credit union and business incubator are compatible uses.
Leaves structural elements unchanged; would keep rehab costs down.
Uses minimize need for parking.
Compatible with multi-purpose events in the big room, especially evenings and weekends.
Good potential for generating rental income.
Credit union location eliminates ability to use that room for other uses.
Option 2 – Business incubator and tool library
Includes coffee cart, which generates revenue, provides employment opportunities and creates a neighborhood “hang out.”
Business incubator space could also work as offices for a one or more businesses.
Interesting mix of uses.
Low need for off-street parking and flexibility of big room, similar to Option 1.
Need to research tool library and determine its likelihood of needing separate office and being able to afford rent.
Option 3 – Open work space
Big room would have portable office cubicles.
Removes office walls in east part of building.
Open plan creates big, flexible spaces.
Tenant would need to be willing to open space for community events.
What do you think? Please respond by next Monday, July 23.