What should go here?

This corner space at Shattuck Avenue and Bancroft Way stands empty.

This ground-floor retail space once housed a Fed-Ex. Now it stands vacant.

The building, a former Masonic Temple, is listed with the National Register of Historic Places.

It measures 6,735 square feet and rents for $2.50 per square foot per month. What could downtown Berkeley use more of?

Share your ideas in the comments.

Jai Jai Noire May 31, 2012 at 05:34 AM
No chain store, please! What would be lovely is a coop grocery store, similar to Rainbow Grocery and Other Avenues Foods (both in SF) or Davis Food Coop in Davis, CA.  A worker owned and run cooperative grocery, or a group of diverse cooperatives utilizing the building, would bring the democratic business model to the downtown Berkeley area. Berkeley's cooperative history is long, with Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative (founded by Berkeley High School and Cal students in 1973), Cheese Board Collective (42 years) Nabolom Bakery, Quilted,, Alchemy Cafe, Heartwood Cooperative Woodshop, Inkworks, as well the many housing cooperatives. Regionally, for coop development assistance, we have http://www.NoBAWC.org http://USWorker.coop (US Federation of Worker Cooperatives) www.CCCD.coop Older Berkeley residents may be familiar with the Berkeley Co-Op stores that served Berkeley for decades. The Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union started at the Berkeley Co-Op Stores.  The Berkeley Co-op stores also led the charge for the mandatory food labeling on products that we all now take for granted. They were the first to offer in-store child care while parents shopped (games, dancing, painting, singing.) The panel discussion for the Co-Op exhibit at the Berkeley Historical Society last year was videotaped and is posted on YouTube at http://www.YouTube.com/JJNoire Cheers, Jai Jai Berkeley http://www.MightySmallFilms.com/This_Way_Out.html


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