Tau Needs Ground Floor Retail

Here’s an architecture question for the readers – does anybody think that the ground floor of the SGO East Annex Tau building could be converted into retail space at a reasonable cost?

The building is so long, and when you walk past it there’s so much dead space without any ground floor retail. Fixing this problem would go a long way toward improving pedestrian connections between the Bethworks area and the retail clusters on 3rd and 4th Sts. I’ve always wondered if it would be possible to replace the row of windows along the bottom with nice big floor-to-ceiling windows.

Especially since the city wants to see the top floors of the SGO become residential units, this would be a great space for a small grocery store, and some other retail for the neighborhood.