As Coworking Spaces Scale, Can They Keep Their Communal Vibe?
As we try to create more opportunities for our young professionals perhaps we need to consider promoting co-working opportunities. In the 80’s we called these business incubator spaces, they have come a long way since then. Maybe we need some special zoning consideration to let people know we are open to the idea.
The ARC property is on our land use vision map for promoting the continued existence of aquaculture facility. This is a big step towards preserving this operation.
This goes a bit farther than our Formula Based Business Bylaw. The development approval by voter fiat is a bit questionable. Turning every proposal into a referendum does not provide a clear concise development plan for a community.
As to the chain store limits, we have been told a bylaw cannot favor local business over chain businesses. This Malibu Ordinance clearly does that.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
As we talk about the future of Exit 9, we need to be aware that we do not want to oversaturate the area with just one land use. There is a lot we can learn from dead shopping malls. For Exit 9 we need a balance of affordable housing, good paying employment opportunities and retail attractions serving the needs of the residents of the Economic Center.
Last winter, I worked with Oaks Bluff, the Hyannis Main Street coordinator, WalkBoston and several others to look at this section of town. There are many tremendous assets in the Circuit Avenue area. I am glad to see the town leadership’s interest in the area has spurred reinvestment. Now the town leaders, and business owners, need to move on pedestrian improvements and amenities. The Steamship Authority, other ferry services, and taxi operators also need to step up to tie the waterfront in better to the business district.