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What would you like to see at 75th and Roosevelt?

Posted by Mai Ling on March 18th, 2010

While we’re on the subject of empty storefronts, the green building adjacent from the Safeway on Northwest 75th Street isn’t really empty.

Jay Young, the co-owner of Real Property Associates, which owns the property, says it’s mostly being used as warehouse space now, but that the company still has high hopes for the 7500 Roosevelt Way N.E. location.

“We’re just trying to figure out what the next buyer or the next use is going to be,” Young says.

The space is permitted for four-story mixed use, which Real Property acquired when the market was booming and it hoped to occupy the space. But then the market turned, and those plans got put on hold, at least for now.

“It doesn’t mean we’re not going to do it,” Young said, who added that the building is available for sale or lease. “It just means we’re not going to do it at this time.”

And for those of you who noticed the new sign that looks like an ad next to the contact information for Real Property, it is not a sign of things to come.

“It will not be a giant billboard,” Young says of the building.

How would you like to see the space at 75th and Roosevelt used? What kind of a business or other venture do you think Maple Leaf needs that would be a good fit for that space?

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5 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Dan // Mar 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Non-chain bars and restaurants would be awesome! We've had a few new restaurants come in over the past few years, I'd love to see more. One thing Maple Leaf really lacks is a nightlife. I find myself constantly going to other neighborhoods for live music and better bars. Things have improved a little recently with The Shanty Tavern consistently having rockabilly, country and rock bands and the addition of the Roosevelt Ale House and the Hudson, but I'd love to have a few more places to grab a pint with friends and be able to walk home.

  • 2 bibo // Mar 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Trader Joe's.

  • 3 LindaJ // Mar 20, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I just read this post out loud to my family. My husband thinks a Dick's Drive-In would be ideal at that location; my 16-year-old son said, “I'd like to see a theatre, or a music venue.” And I'd like a green grocer. Oh, a Trader Joe's would be ideal.

  • 4 SPG // Mar 23, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    How about just painting the trim for now so it doesn't look abandoned?

  • 5 tuhcoolyuh // Mar 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I would love it if that building turned into a family friendly coffee house/cafe and all-ages music venue.