Hampden Hawker: Rotunda Update

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Rotunda Update

There's another Rotunda Task Force meeting tomorrow. The Task Force is now asking for a representative from each neighborhood group (someone that can participate in conversations through 2010.) The impact of such voices is unclear, however. Hopefully, Hawker will have details after the meeting.

Also, in Saturday's Sun, there was an editorial about the Rotunda development. It was definitively pro-development, but it did note that "The developers should stick with boutiques, specialty or service stores and funky restaurants as tenants. A giant-sized Giant, a tenant since 1971, is enough big-name, big store for this renovation."



At 11:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't you notice, the Sun got the address of the Rotunda wrong in that editorial? They think it is at Roland & 40th.

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Miss Ruby Ruin said...

That's hilarious! Hawker can't believe she missed it!

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Johnny said...

I don't understand why so many people were so against the Rotunda development. I remember when the Rotunda was full of local shops, while The Avenue was a dump. When the Avenue got cool, the Rotunda died (which is not to say that 36th was the only reason for that). True, too many national chains will suck, but maybe less people will spend their weekends in the county and will stay in (or come to) the city.

Still, I totally don't buy the whole argument that the developed Rotunda will provide parking for the Avenue. It could now, but the tourists are too lazy and/or scared to walk that far.

At any rate, it's good that the developers are listening to feedback.

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would bet that most national chains people are leaving the city for are big box stores which would never fit in Hampden even if we wanted them here. I'm not against more big boxes in the city, but Hampden just isn't the logical place.

That said, if there's one chain store I and a lot of other people would welcome to Hampden with open arms it's Trader Joes. I think it would do very well and wouldn't really undercut Giant, Super Fresh, or any other store around here. Giant would never, ever, ever let it come to the Rotunda, but there are lots of potential places on Falls between 36th and 41st that could be put to higher and better use.


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