While Mike Ervin’s art galleries look nice and are better than empty storefronts, other than First Friday (tonight, btw) they mostly sit empty or closed- not drawing people or jobs to the “entertainment district” now known by some as the “Boregon” district.
However, stupid zoning and regulations of old buildings aren’t unique to Dayton- as this article about the $13 million Apple spent for a 24 year old building in the middle of the Georgetown Historic District- and can’t seem to build what they want:
A revised design proposal for a Georgetown Apple Store in DC has been rejected, writes the Washington Post. In spite of hints that final approval was imminent, the three members of the Old Georgetown Board are said to have ruled against Apple’s latest redesign, which was altered to conform the proposed store to the aesthetics of the neighborhood. Instead of its typical full-sized glass storefront, Apple is said to have scaled down to a first-floor pane of glass, measuring some 35 feet long with double doors in the center.
The board insists that it has told Apple repeatedly that a store must conform with the detailing and bay windows of nearby shops. “We’re frustrated a little bit because we haven’t gotten a response to our fairly consistent request,” board member David Cox is reported to have told Apple architect Karl Backus.
In the Oregon District, besides having legislated buildings to be worthless because of lack of parking (the three story, former Morris Furniture building to the left of Newcome’s tavern), the “limit” on liquor permits, the restriction on motorcycle parking etc. we still don’t have any kind of common sense when talking to people who WANT to put businesses in the district.
How hot would an Apple store be in the Oregon District? How hard would it be to make it happen? Guaranteed, it will end up in the Greene- just like all the restaurants that could have been in the district had liquor licenses been available.
It’s time for change in Dayton.