It is the time of year when the tourist traffic starts to dwindle and neighborhood businesses often decide to make a change, remodel or even close the doors for good. North Ender Adam Castiglioni wandered the streets recently and noticed a growing number of closed storefronts. Here’s a recap.
The Italian 7 art and gallery shop has closed. A building permit sign in the window cites renovations, but no word on a reopening date.
Closed for good is the Green Cross Pharmacy at the corner of Hanover and Clark Streets. The Giangregorio brothers have retired (see their recent award). Work is underway at the space for another type of shop but there are few other details at this time.
The poster child for failed development is at Cross Street Plaza (198 Hanover St.) where the property owned by Charter Realty has remained empty despite a “Spring 2019 Opening” sign for new retail and restaurant. A proposal last year by Starbucks was withdrawn after neighboring businesses opposed the coffee company. Since then, there has been no mention of new tenants and work is at a standstill for the new building.
On the corner of Commercial and Hanover Streets, the former 7-Eleven store remains empty as work continues on the building that was condemned due to structural concerns. Work is progressing but residents of 454-464 Hanover Street have still not been allowed to re-occupy their units on the upper floors.
Photos by Adam Castiglioni.