What Should Go in at Green and Washington?

There’s Canto 6 and the local police station, but a huge space is vacant in this high foot-traffic area of Jamaica Plain.

There is a large vacant space at the southwest corner of Green and Washington streets in Egleston Square.

There are a few vacancies in this section of Jamaica Plain, but none as large and versastile as this one.

With the E-13 Police Station and the popular Canto 6 café at this intersection and a lot of foot traffic in the area, what business would you like to see pop up at this location? Leave your opinion in the comments.

jane January 19, 2013 at 01:04 PM
When did Green and Washington become Egleston Square?
Shamus January 19, 2013 at 01:35 PM
A nail salon!
Michael January 19, 2013 at 02:55 PM
agreed. though as a Neighborhood, apparently the Eg is bounded on the south west by Green Street.
Maya January 19, 2013 at 02:58 PM
A small grocery store, like Harvest. This part of JP is completely devoid of walkable grocery story options. Either in this spot, or in the new development just near Green St station.
Michael January 19, 2013 at 03:06 PM
There had been some talk a few summers ago about a Boston Center for the Book, and one of the stumbling blocks aside from artistic politics, and interested bystander apathy, was square foot price in Boston. Knowing that books containing text, and typographic printing was going to get the short shrift in favor of the self-expressive scrappers/ book artists, I started considering guerrilla options. Thinking that the proximity to the (T) might make a compelling and convenient location for some kind of Center, I made a call to the folks listing the two spaces down from the corner of Wash/Green shown above, and was quoted an under $10/sq ft price. Huh? Cheap. Maybe if I could get the Museum of Printing in North Andover to donate some surplus equipment and type... get a Center for the Typographic Arts set up... What was THEN revealed is that the spaces are raw. No light, no heat, no plumbing. "Warehouse space" it was called. OK, what's the price with some lights strung and some heat? Over $30/sq ft (3 years ago). Well, that's a horse of a different color. I moved on. And to this day, nothing has moved in on the block; those spaces are still empty. Hmm.
Phoenix Boulay January 19, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Trader Joe's (nearest one is at Coolidge Corner). Harvest Co-Op would be nice but not realistic with the opening of the beautiful Forest Hills location that includes parking. A second Village Market (like the one in Rozzie Square) would be preferable to a Mom & Pop high-priced "neighborhood market", but I doubt they want a second location. I read an article a while back that stated per a certain amount of population, MA has only 6 grocery stores to the national average of 10 for the same population figure (can't recall the no.). Access to affordable groceries has always been a problem in the Jamaica Plain/Roslindale area of Boston for people relying on transit, who often have to lug groceries on several buses and on the T, as well as walk for many blocks.
K Valachovic January 19, 2013 at 05:54 PM
It doesn't really matter what we want. The space (and others around there) are owned by Mordechai Levin, and he'll rent to anyone willing to agree to his ridiculous rent/terms. I think he's made it pretty clear that he doesn't give a fig what JP wants or needs.
Mark Chesak January 19, 2013 at 06:46 PM
The rumor I have heard is that the “absentee landlord” wants to keep all those spaces vacant. There are several for lease around this corner all with the same sign in the window. (The sign pictured here.) I think it is the same Stavros Frantzis that kicked Bella Luna Pizza out of their original space on Centre Street… I believe he owns this property as well. Let me know if this is correct. Has anyone called that phone number? 617-522-4590
Mark Chesak January 19, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Copy that!
Donna C. January 19, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Dollar store
yogasong January 20, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Trader Joes is a great idea!
Sarah Lydon January 21, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Anything. Put anything in there. Nail salon, dollar store, roller rink. That space has been vacant for the entire time I've lived in the neighborhood--approaching ten years. What the financial motivation can possibly be for a landlord to keep a viable commercial space vacant for TEN YEARS is beyond me.
Janis Lippman January 21, 2013 at 05:56 PM
perhaps a fresh fruit/produce store


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