|The Castro & Upper Market Retail Strategy is approaching the end of its first year. Surveys, interviews and focus groups have given the Retail Strategy team a grounded understanding of the district’s retail dynamics – where people come from, how they get here, how much they spend, how much the rents are, how much the rents are elsewhere, why certain vacancies are so hard to fill, etc. In collaboration with neighborhood leadership, this information is now being used to finalize a series of recommendations to guide the retail district’s future.At this Year 1 mark the recommendations will become the final deliverable of Seifel Consulting’s team, a group contracted for the project’s initial stage. In conjunction with a final presentation, Seifel’s team will be producing a final report that will outline the recommendations in response to existing conditions, survey findings and feedback from countless meetings and conversations. The report will also offer takeaways from the case studies of two retail districts in San Francisco and one in New York that serve as comparable districts for various characteristics.
|Recommendations and What’s Next
In conclusion to the project, the Retail Strategy team will be hosting a Year 1 Open House at 2175 Market Street. While currently under construction, the 4000 square foot space will become the future home to a creative market hall concept that will feature food and drinks alongside local retailers and craftsmen. Details of the public event are as follows:
Thursday June 4, 6-8pm
The Open House will offer the best opportunity for members of the public to get more detailed information regarding the Retail Strategy’s five recommendations and the project’s next steps. Posters will be setup throughout the space in an open format for audience members to further explore findings and ask questions of staff and project volunteers.
We hope to see many of you there!