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Sunday, February 10, 2013

About the Mayfair

There's been so much talk lately about The Bookstore and the antique market leaving Grand Avenue and offices taking over the Mayfair space. What do you think about it?

While I miss all the businesses that were there, none of them was paying the full rent or had a lease. The Improv is still there because they have a lease. The other businesses (all my friends) did not have leases.

Should Timo, the owner of Mayfair, have turned down a large company's offer to pay full rent for the whole space? 
I don't think so. After all was said and done, I think the right thing was done. The Bookstore seems to be thriving in its new location, it's brought some life to Florida Avenue. I don't think many people have been buying books, but the whole economy is in bad shape, so people may not have been buying books after the holidays. 
The cafe section is doing great business.

Now as for offices being all along Grand Avenue on that end of town,  it was zoned for that years ago and no one said a word against it. Now I hear that there is lots of rumbling from residents who live in the condos nearby.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is Timo going to knock Mayfair down and develop a better building? The place looks old and rusty, there is too much space being wasted. Mayfair had its charm when it was new and was never a great design.

February 10, 2013 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The residents complain if there is noise, now they are compaining that there will be offices? What do they want? No matter what they will complain and always do!

February 10, 2013 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We really do need more retail in the Grove! What good does it do to keep rents high when at least half of the space is empty?

February 11, 2013 10:39 AM  

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