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Visions for Vacancies: Gilman and Curtis Streets

What would you like to see at the corner where Bazaar Gilman used to be?

At the corner of Gilman and Curtis streets, under the BART tracks, sits a vacant parcel on a very busy corner.

Commuters walk past in the morning and afternoon, as do local shoppers in the Westbrae neighborhood. It's home to Berkeley Bagels, Lalime's, Berkeley Natural Grocery and Westbrae Nursery. Newcomers include Blue Heron Bikes and Kiku Sushi.

Over the summer, Bazaar Gilman departed the corner. According to a Facebook post at that time, Nicole Valerie Schach wrote: "I am now in Old Oakland partnering in a friend's space. Please come visit us at Piper and John General Goods 465 9th street between Broadway and Washington."

What would you like to see on this corner?

nb December 27, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Did it ever occur to you to ask before making not so subtle criminal accusations against a local business owner? For people who know the owners, this is an outrageous accusation.
Steven Donaldson December 27, 2012 at 09:01 PM
...Interesting, folks don't want more density or more people. This almost always generates more activity, small businesses and helps support the local existing businesses. Especially when you have seniors without cars living above.They love to hang out and support the local business community. We also have to think of the property owners and what they need – income from their property. Parking only makes us more like the suburbs! We've got plenty of parking. We need more interesting shopping!
Ari Soglin December 27, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I like your assessment, @Steven. Question is whether the area needs/wants businesses that would get people to hang out longer (e.g., a coffee shop or a pub). What I'd like most is a good burrito joint. Do you know whether that area is zoned for taller buildings? @Farmer Zeke makes a good point below about the BART noise.
Steve Smith February 25, 2013 at 06:15 PM
I believe the occupant is the owner.
Steve Smith February 25, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Re: the corner. I believe that whatever the owners of the lot come up with, it will be a lovely addition to the neighborhood. They've been in the neighborhood a long long time and actually care about what goes on. I'm hopeful and excited to see what happens. And one little shout out: I love love love Blue Heron Bikes and Kiku. If you haven't been, go.

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