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Hey Trenton! What Would You Like to See Fill This Vacant Building?

Trenton has a number of vacant buildings downtown and Trenton Patch wants to know what you'd like to see fill them?

A little red brick building with a dark red aluminum awning sits vacant on piece of prime corner real estate in Downtown Trenton.

The building at 2920 West Jefferson has limitless potential and rests nearby local businesses that have already established a customer base.

Thriving businesses will lead to the success and improvement of the downtown area according to City Administrator Jim Wagner. But, what businesses are likely to succeed?

What would you like to see take over the vacant building at 2920 West Jefferson Avenue in Downtown Trenton?

To get the ball rolling, I will offer my suggestion. I'd like to see a quaint ice cream shop and short order restaurant that specializes in sliders take over the corner spot. It seems like a great place to congregate with friends, eat and enjoy the summer.

Now tell me what you think!

Connie Moody August 06, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Yes!
Connie Moody August 06, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Good idea
Eileen Lezotte August 06, 2012 at 01:05 PM
hello
Eileen Lezotte August 06, 2012 at 01:08 PM
How many will buy sandwiches to eat in the park in the winter? People need to think past summer.
Eileen Lezotte August 06, 2012 at 01:13 PM
A short order cafe with ice cream all ready went out of business there a few yrs. ago. There is an ice cream place 2 doors down.
Lynn August 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Wish there was a restaurant on the river....have a cup of coffee and look out at the water! :(
Deb Wildt August 06, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Agree!
Deb Wildt August 06, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Yes!
Matthew Dale Laginess August 06, 2012 at 02:34 PM
thank you Eileen, seems folks have a short memory. It was less than 3 years ago.
Matthew Dale Laginess August 06, 2012 at 02:36 PM
For those wanting a trader joes, do you have any idea of the size of this building? There is NO way a TJ would fit there, let alone the parking needed for a business of that size. I agree that Trenton does need a grocery store of it's own, but to suggest it go there is a stretch, at best.
Les August 06, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Are you familiar with the size of TJ's in Ann Arbor ---- not too much bigger ------ remember there is also vacant and available land between that building and Male street. Trader Joes definitely will bring the surrounding area to downtown Trenton ---it could be a catalyst for the entrie downtown. A Chipolte by itself would do nothing for downtown Trenton ---it would be better served at Allen and West
Dawn neubecker August 06, 2012 at 03:39 PM
A book store with a little coffee and sweets would be really cool.
Heather Grisham Westphal August 06, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I like the Chiopte idea too!!
Heather Grisham Westphal August 06, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I second that!! Though frankly I hope they pick a bigger building! ;)
Heather Grisham Westphal August 06, 2012 at 04:02 PM
There was a sandwich shop here with in the last few years. It was very short lived. Tasty though. Sure do miss The Gallery Deli too...
Matthew Dale Laginess August 06, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Les, I am very familiar with the TJ's in annarbor. Even IF the entire building in Trenton was open for use (it's not, there are 2 other businesses there), it still isn't even close. And again, you have to have parking for a business like that. A LOT of parking. It would be great, it just isn't even close to reality.
michelle August 06, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I like Dawn's idea and also the sliders idea. So many people miss a place they can get some good sliders!
Connie Moody August 06, 2012 at 08:03 PM
That would really be awesome, day or evening!
Connie Moody August 06, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Subway's would be right up my alley and diet! LOL
Jennifer Carone-Hanna August 07, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Book store/Coffee house with some fresh food would be great!
Kyle Stack August 07, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I have contacted Trader Joe's, but not for that sight. I was looking more for the store front on Van Horn at Trafford Square where it was once a grocery store/church. Haven't heard from TJ but will keep trying. They referred my request to their real estate department.
Deb Wildt August 07, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Great idea Mayor, please keep trying:)
Gloria August 07, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Yes, Trenton needs a grocery story. Every home in Trenton is spending their money in another city. Wish anyone would come in with a grocery store!!
Les August 07, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Great location Kyle at the corner of Fort and Van Horn (Trafford Square) --- great parking --- I believe at TJs would rejuvenate that shopping plaza. Thanks for the inquiry ---how many people are aware that Trader Joes is owned by the same corporation as Aldi and they sure have enough of them downriver. Trenton, and the entire Downriver, is missing so much -- no wonder we have to travel so far for any decent shopping or restaurant to areas like Ann Arbor, Livonia, or Novi. We need to improve our image and demographic outlook for businesses to want to come here. There are already enough Koh's, or Walmart, or Aldi's in our shopping area ----- we need places for people to go and congregate --- spend money, and enjoy life! What about some boutiques (both men and women and children) along Jefferson? A place to enjoy coffee, or a deli that serves both inside and to go, ala Zingerman's. Even today in the age of digital books whatg about a good bookstore - not one that is 60% video and music, but a bookstore of classics, and information? Do the feel that Trenton, and the entire Downriver is illiterate? We still have the opportunity to make Trenton a destination for upscale shoppers ---lets get on with it and make a difference in this community.
bmurdock August 07, 2012 at 05:33 PM
that little shop would be great for a butcher shop, meat store.. sure do miss not having just a meat store in Trenton...
Kathye Quirk August 07, 2012 at 08:12 PM
A place like Weyland's for fresh fish would be great, too.
Les August 07, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I remember the good old days when both Rays and Jerry's had fullservice butcher shops. I guess it is just a sign of the times and our demographics that we no longer have those services! Good meat at good prices and service to boot!
gail August 11, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Agreed!
gail August 11, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Thank you Mayor Stack! That's why you are so awesome. You really do listen to what people have to say. A Whole Foods would be another good addition if TJ won't locate here.
gail August 11, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Agreed

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