Author Topic: Empty lot in small outdoor sports/old-west town: development ideas?  (Read 151 times)

Sonos

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I though some of you might enjoy brainstorming on this.

My family owns an empty corner lot in downtown Winthrop, Washington. Winthrop is a tiny town with an old west theme. Wintertime brings cross country skiers and summertime brings hikers, mountain bikers, campers, fishers, etc. and lots of tourists walking around downtown taking pictures and eating ice-cream.

We’d like to do something with the lot. Because the lot is zoned commercial it must be used for a business (not for residential purposes). Also, we don’t live nearby, so the idea can’t require our constant active presence and we don’t want to put up the capital to build a building we could then rent out for commercial purposes (I doubt we’d see a return on a big investment like that).

Winthrop already has some restaurants, ice-cream shop, bars, mini golf, and the like.

Here are my ideas. What are yours?

Airbnb (put in a gorgeous Airstream with beautiful landscaping and a fire pit; managed by a company, not us)
Tesla super charger (wouldn’t make us money, but it would attract more business to other downtown businesses)
Donate it for a park

« Last Edit: October 11, 2017, 08:42:35 PM by Sonos »

affordablehousing

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Re: Empty lot in small outdoor sports/old-west town: development ideas?
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2017, 11:20:53 AM »
I love this problem. What about an antique market/flea market? Low impact, low infrastructure requirements, sky is the limit ot try to make it cool, and really easy to hire a local to take $20 admission for vendors, $2 admission for visitors.

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Re: Empty lot in small outdoor sports/old-west town: development ideas?
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2017, 11:37:57 AM »
Tests superchargers have immense power needs, but you should be able to put in a couple of Level 2 chargers, a canopy (solar?), and some good vending machines to make it viable.