After Recent Business Closures, 12 Points Appears Poised to Sustain Its Expansion
Amid Recent Business Closures, 12 Points Officials Remain Optimistic About Progress
In the wake of the closures of Studio 12 and Eric’s Humble Pies, marking the third business shutdown in the 12 Points area this month, officials are undeterred in their commitment to ongoing progress.
Despite these recent closures, Pat Goodwin, the president of the community revitalization committee, maintains a positive outlook on the situation. He points out that the current state of affairs doesn't diminish the significant strides made in recent years.
Reflecting on the dynamic landscape, Goodwin stated, "Looking back five or ten years, the prospect of having a dozen businesses in the 12 Points vicinity, even with a few closures or relocations, would have been a cause for celebration. The fact that we're experiencing such robust business development is an achievement in itself. Fluctuation is inevitable in small businesses, and that's part of the natural evolution."
He revealed that a waiting list exists for entrepreneurs eager to establish their ventures in the area. Goodwin elaborated, "One positive aspect is that the property owners are doing their part; there's consistent demand for these spaces. As soon as one becomes available, it gets swiftly occupied."
The community is engaged in an ongoing endeavor to balance the preservation of its historical character with the creation of a fertile ground for future business endeavors.
"Our current challenge lies in addressing property owners who are hesitant to renovate or sell their properties. Our hope is that these property owners will find motivation to either enhance their buildings or pass them on to those who will," Goodwin shared.
Despite recent setbacks, the 12 Points neighborhood remains committed to nurturing its heritage while cultivating an environment conducive to prospective business owners.