Where’s the Retail in Easton Inter-Modal?

Maybe Dennis Lieb or someone in the comments will have a good explanation for why this won’t work, but I think it’s worth asking why there isn’t ground floor retail planned for Easton’s inter-modal center on 3rd Street. That seems like a real missed opportunity. The other side of the street has a lot of underutilized ground floor retail. It seems reasonable to think that when this building goes up, those parcels will become more valuable since there’ll be more foot traffic. But there could be even more foot traffic if the inter-modal building also had retail spaces facing the sidewalk. There’s an opportunity here to really improve the commercial strip down 3rd Street and put some more high quality retail spaces on the market.


  1. They may have decided not to c0ndo the building, in which case there should not be retail in that building since it’s government owned.

    A better question is why they’re wasting good space on an economic drain – government offices. They should be in a basement somewhere in space no one else wants.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Privatizing the first floor would be a good way to offset the project cost a bit. They could add another level if they need more space.

  2. There’s going to be room for one private business on the first floor. I don’t know if it’ll be retail or end up as office space.
    It’s still a little hard for me to wrap my brain around, because for a long time the whole point of the intermodal center was to match the bus hub with commercial space. But if Sal can be taken at his word, he believes the Alpha building has more potential buyers and the potential to make more money than the Intermodal center as office and retail space.
    I think we’ll get to hear more at Wednesday’s council meeting, since they haven’t really even released any real estimates of financial impact yet.

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