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What Should Go Here?

Empty shop with art deco feel in Eden Center.


It looks forlorn now, with sheets of plywood where two glass panels should be.

But this curved storefront on the corner of 146th Avenue and East 14th Street has an elegant, art deco feel and loads of potential.

The street address is 14608 East 14th Street, at the north end of Eden Center.

Free your imagination. What would you like to see in this space?

Leave a comment with your idea. Perhaps you'll light a spark.

Mike April 06, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I would like to see the property owner update the entire parcel. The whole property looks rundown and forgotten. The Chinese Reastaurant in the site might be the best in town and maybe could built around.
Paul Vargas April 06, 2012 at 04:06 PM
The question should be "why isn't anything here"? Once that question is answered, then a business will located that that will be profitable.
Leah Hall April 06, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I'm guessing that we will have several readers propose an eating establishment. That might be a nice way to go, however, what interests me about the BAL district is the potential for it to be a creative zone. We have the theatre and Thrifttown, nearby, which draw creative people from outside our city. With lots of bright windows, new skylights, and the corner location, it might make a great gallery and art studio. Stepping Stones of San Leandro and Oakland partners with Creative Growth gallery on 24th Street in Oakland near the Fox Theatre (as well as other high foot traffic uses as well as car and craft workshops), perhaps this is a viable partnership in a location such as this one as well. http://creativegrowth.org/studio/
Paul Vargas April 06, 2012 at 04:32 PM
That's a jolly good idea Leah. Perhaps you should help organize such an endeavor with your effervescent creativity.
Leah Hall April 06, 2012 at 04:39 PM
One problem with that, Paul, we creative types tend to be very disorganized. :(
Paul Vargas April 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM
How sad. It sounded like such a splendid idea.
Fran April 06, 2012 at 04:44 PM
The Goodwill store in that plaza is also vacating and moving to Greenhouse.
Mike April 06, 2012 at 04:48 PM
with goodwill exiting even better time for the owner to update the property and get something in there
Leah Hall April 06, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I'll see what I can do, but if folks actually like the idea, the best thing to do at this stage might be simply be to write members of our city council and our mayor, voicing support of a BAL District development plan around the creative arts. Here's a link to the City Council contact info: http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/cityhall/council/default.asp
Leah Hall April 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Another thought! One of Gary Molitor's murals could be painted on the side, celebrating the history of Old theatres in the Bay Area and the life and times of the BAL. http://sanleandro.patch.com/articles/your-neighborhood-gallery-56aff102#photo-9378861
Paul Vargas April 06, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Leah, you are such a catalyst for creativity this morning. Don't channel all this rainbow of thoughts on an internet post. Relay your burst of ideas to those in your artistic social circle and transform your ideas into reality. Seeing you put your ideas to work, I think it would be similar to watching a florist creative a colorful spring bouquet.
Leah Hall April 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Thank you, Paul. You make a very good point. Hope everyone has a happy Spring Break, Easter and Passover!
Paul Vargas April 06, 2012 at 05:47 PM
You do so also, Leah. It's been delightful sharing our thoughts and ideas this morning.
Jamie April 06, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Thanks Fran. I was wondering if that was the case.
David April 06, 2012 at 11:41 PM
It might make a great gallery location, but I highly doubt it. Tony Aguiano (Aguiani?) used to run a very nice artsy/crafts shop in Pelton and couldn't make it work, a much better location for foot traffic etc. A person I happen to know quite well who has been running her art studio for a decade now in a particularly crime-ridden and run-down area of West Oakland (only 2 murders on the block this year so far!) has considered moving to San Leandro, but no customers/design clients will come here for meetings etc, as the consistent response is essentially that SL is the other end of the world (might as well be proposing a meeting in Fresno). But hey, if any artist wants to try, knock himself/herself out.
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