Friday, October 25, 2013
East City Art: Future Development Spells the End of Trinidad's Gallery Row
Developers searching for that pot of gold are looking on Florida Ave
East City Art examines some news that's been kicking around a bit. As you might be aware, CONNERSMITH is the only gallery that owns their space in the 1300 block of Florida Ave. The others are all renting, & developers have gotten very interested in that end of Florida Avenue. That interest even extends to the stretch across from me (I live in the 1200 block of Florida, & look out on the horrid Kendall Row/Capitol Hill Oasis development). Florida is looking at some major residential development in the coming years. That health food store that was to open at the corner of Trinidad & Florida? Nope, the entire block is being completely redeveloped. Directly across from my house (i.e. the old Jimmy's Tire site)? New residential development. The canary yellow buildings that make up Avila's Car Center at 1124 Florida Ave? Same deal.
What does all of this mean for our little block of galleries? East City Art mulls the question over (spoiler: the strip isn't dead yet).
Wouldn't you like to be a luxury residential development too?