OPINION: Seeking Solutions to Vacant Storefronts in Port Washington

Why stakeholders should work together for a remedy.

Vacant store fronts do not look good and do little to attract new businesses everyone would agree on this but what I found people do not agree on is what to do about the matter.  

From the responses to this topic I see a lot of people placing the blame, but never do I see anyone come up with a plan to possibly remedy the problem. Stop blaming the president or other politicians. Look at what can be done to re-fill the vacant stores and bring more revenue to Port Washington.  

Where is the voice of the rental agents and landlords who might be more flexible in order to make a rental or entice a business to fill a vacant store? What type of business does Port Washington lack and does it make sense to shop local or go to other towns?  Moderately priced clothes, auto parts, entertainment venues, discount variety store are all types of businesses which our area lacks.  

Whether it is Shore Road or Main Street or Port Washington Boulevard, there are vacant store fronts which should be filled by businesses that we do not presently have in the area. Why are areas such as Plandome Road in Manhasset still thriving with only a few vacant stores?

For those who feel the need to be counter-productive on this matter and use the Patch as a sounding board then maybe you need to run for a political office or start your own column. The intentions of the stories on vacant stores is to solve an issue or at least make a very go attempt at doing so.

For those reading, maybe it's time that you speak out about what types of businesses we need in Port Washington and offer sensible ideas to entice business owners to consider looking at our town.

Jonathan Winant, the author of this post, is a Port Washington resident. The views expressed here are solely those of the author.

Cherub June 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Inspiration Wharf should be bustling with mini-galleries and artisans of all kinds....the wrong people are there and they always have been! There used to be a shop selling goods from Asia like porcelain urns and scaled down boats. I looked at one of the boats they were selling and was shocked to see the price was a whopping $200.00. I laughed to myself...it was the exact same boat I bought at the then Grand Union for $17.00....and I bought two of them! I'm sorry for the people who were taken. That shop is now gone ! Get a special toy store in here, a decent children's clothing store so we don't have to go all the way to the mall and waste gas...at these merciless prices! Put in a Trader Joe's and a Bowling Alley and a pool room. We want mom and pop stores with little specialties who help you get what you want and need. Handmade stuff and a creamery. People who love to do what they do. Keep it cozy and cleanminded...not massive and expensive.
Cherub June 29, 2012 at 12:49 AM
We need the Port Washington Center for the Arts and a Jazz Club as you come right off the train. We should have a small hotel right next to the Good-Year building and the rooms should be between $99 - $150/nite. Not promoted for big business but for vacationers. Keep it cozy. Everyone wants to be able to go to their special little place and have some fun without maxing their credit cards....THEY WILL COME BACK AND TELL OTHERS.
Cherub June 29, 2012 at 12:52 AM
There's a building that's been vacant for years...it used to be a bank. Slowly I'd see people taking it over, using it, coming in through the back very quietly and now it's full out used. Can you tell me...what is going on in there? It's like it was just taken over. I'd like to know is that legal?
Cherub June 29, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Corporate! That's the word I was looking for. You said it s h! Corporate! After that word comes....compromised!
jacqueline becker July 05, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I suggest you write Senator Cuomo. Special Ed is a huge reason why the budget is so high. Ask for homogeneous classes and let us not try to teach children who really cannot learn. Yes have them come to school. But let's be judigious about whether an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a speech and language teacher, a psychologist etc. can make a difference that can justify their salaries. Some kids just can't really get ahead.


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