**UPDATE** We have received this message today, June 8th, 2015 about the status of the restaurant application process: “Thank you to the community members who have given input on the types of restaurants you would like to see at the new Bryant Heights development. One of our most successful experiences was a community member telling a restaurant about opportunities at Bryant Heights. The restaurant called their Broker and had them contact us. We had good discussions and in the end the restaurant operator decided the opportunity was not the right fit for them. Please keep talking to your favorite restaurants and encouraging them to check us out. We appreciate the community input and help in finding some restaurant concepts that will be great additions the neighborhood”
Polygon Northwest, the developers of the Bryant Heights project, would like the neighborhood to have a say in what kind of restaurant (or retail) should go into the two “bookend” spaces on NE 65th, on the corners of 32nd and 34th Avenue NE. Neighbors are encouraged to print out/email this PDF (Leasing_Bryant_Heights) and take it to your favorite restaurateur.
Both commercial spaces are over 2,000 square feet and include outdoor eating space. There will be a total of 10 car parking spaces and parking for 73 bikes on NE 65th, 32nd NE, 34th NE, as well as inside the garage.
In a survey that RBCA did in late 2013, 75% of the people who patronized businesses on NE 65th lived within 10 blocks, and new businesses opening along will make it easier for people to go to restaurants and stores without having to fight traffic. Also, the number of families in RBCA has increased in the past ten years, and many of those bike or walk to school. New restaurants in our neighborhood that cater to the walk/bike crowd are already coming to NE 45th and further west on 65th.
The 35th Ave Committee’s final report also clearly shows that the neighborhood would like to see more viable retail and a more walkable business district. Although the Bryant Heights project is not on 35th Ave NE itself, it is still considered part of the 35th Ave Business District. Very little new development with commercial space is being built in our neighborhood, so this is a rare opportunity to take part in shaping the future of our community.
What would YOU like to see in this new commercial space? Please help spread the word by telling your neighbors and talking to your favorite restaurateurs.