Let's call this a modern spin on community planning—Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.
In this column, we'll present vacant buildings or lots, and ask you to tell us what you think would be their best use. Forget what zone they're in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules and all the other sleep-inducing zoning jargon. If you had your way, what would you like to see in these spots? What would be their best use for the community?
This week, we look at the empty parking lot that is soon to become The Shoppes at Friendship Heights. Wedged in-between Western Avenue and Jenifer Street NW in Washington, DC, and across the avenue from Bloomingdale's and The Shops at Wisconsin Place (in Maryland), the parking lot may look bleak now, but the developer's pre-construction illustrations indicate a brighter future.
According to the leasing plan, there are five spaces available in the future shopping center, and they range in size from 5,370 to 11,340 square feet.
What shops do you think would be useful to the community? Tell us your thoughts and visions in the comment section below.