Own a retail business? Midtown Public Square wants you.

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Lake Union Partners, the developers of Midtown Public Square seeking African American business owners for their new development on 23rd and Union.

23rd and Union has without a doubt has been one of the most controversial intersections in the Emerald City for years.  However, Lake Union Partners, is trying to change the narrative with their new Midtown Public Square development that is underway at Midtown where the old Post Office was once located.

To ensure there is representation from the existing community in the commercial portion of the new development, Midtown Public Square is inviting community retail business owners who are interested in leasing commercial space in the development to an open house on Monday June 17, 2019 at Black Dot Underground from 6pm - 8pm.

Realizing that many legacy African American businesses have been displaced from the community over the years, Lake Union Partners is making a deliberate and overt effort to rally African American business owners and make them aware of retail opportunities at Midtown Public Square.

Often times Black business owners are not made aware of commercial retail opportunities in the Central District until it's too late for them to act on it, Lake Union Partners are getting the word out now, early and often, 24 months in advance of the building completion. Allowing ample lead time for community business owners to become aware of the opportunity and lease a commercial space if desired.

East Union is experiencing somewhat of a Black business renaissance as of late with businesses like The Postman, Exclusive Boutique, and Cheese Platter Butcher & Bistro all thriving on East Union and Martin Luther King as well as businesses like Earl’s Cuts & Styles, That Brown Girl Cooks, and Cafe Avole opening their doors later this year in the Liberty Bank Building on 24th and Union. It is clear that despite the uptick in gentrification in the community that Black business owners still consider the Central District fertile ground for businesses that cater to our community and beyond as it has been over nearly 140 years.

Lake Union Partners, realizing that many business owners in our community might require some initial business development support, has committed to provide opportunities to both novice and experienced Black-owned retailers who are interested in opening a retail location but are not sure of the next steps.

To this end, following the initial informational open house on June 17th, there will be an additional follow up event a few weeks later to help address the questions of those that are interested in moving forward with opening a business at Midtown Public Square, where business owners can meet one on one with the development team and brokers to help navigate the commercial leasing process at  Midtown Public Square.

Attendees at Monday’s meeting can expect to learn more about the following:

Project Construction and Delivery Timing
Retail spaces and square footage options
Criteria the developer will use to determine retail users.
General information about the Leasing Process

The Midtown Public Square open house will be hosted by Lake Union Partners on Monday June 17, 2019 at Black Dot Underground located at 1437 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Snacks and refreshments will be served. This event will reach capacity, please reserve a free ticket by clicking here.

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