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Redevelop this Vacant Lot & Bring a Used Bookstore to Washington Square

Washington, IL
Redevelop this Vacant Lot & Bring a Used Bookstore to Washington Square

The Roehm Bros & Co. building, aka "The Shoe House", once held this corner at the southern entrance into the Square. Local developers / entrepreneurs should work with current land owners to build a new building that can house retail and other commercial businesses. The building's design should reflect the scale, materials, and architectural detailing of other successful and beloved buildings around the Square.

Regarding potential tenants, consider the recent revival of used bookstores around the country. The attached Washington Post article (website button below), "In the age of Amazon, used bookstores are making an unlikely comeback" provides more supporting details. This quote is especially compelling: “It’s like having a museum or a theater. It’s a cultural center. It’s a place people want to go. And that’s why it’s a good investment.”

A model for this development could be the Sundog Books / Central Square Records building in the Central Square of Seaside, Florida. Besides the bookstore (first floor) and record store (second floor), 30A radio station also resides within the building. It has been suggested that the "Voice of the Panthers", Brett Parrott, could host a Washington Panthers sports show from this location.

This building could also serve as a venue for small-scale, live, music performances and book readings that draw attention and customers to these and other Washington Square businesses (video button below).

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Jenny Everett Washington, IL

Awesome idea and a great space.