The first West End construction project has broke ground! It is a 21,000 square foot, 2 story medical office building on the corner of Whitewater Park Boulevard and Main Street. This first floor will be home to Whitewater Oral Surgery while the second floor is seeking new tenants. This building incorporates some great design features to include: building pulled up to the corner with the parking located behind, a mixture of high quality exterior cladding choices, and a modern type architecture by Erstad Architects.
2. Events and Community Building
Sheila Francis, with Payette Brewing, organized the first Food Truck Rally to benefit the American Cancer Society “Relay for Life.” This Rally boasted excellent attendance and it was great to see lots and lots of patrons showing up on bikes.
In addition, it is now official that the YMCA’s “Y not Tri” will be moving to the West End! Look for this event on July 12th. Some of the great changes to the race are a Saturday start time (instead of a Thursday evening) to help boost attendance, multiple distances to accommodate more athletes, and food trucks to help make this a real family outing.
3. The word is getting out and people are taking notice.
As our efforts to spread the word start getting out, we are seeing more and more inquiries into the West End from potential users, developers, and real estate agents. In the past month, I was invited to speak at several events to share our vision. During these discussions, attendees were excited to see so much effort being put forth to revive this part of town and many are asking how they can get involved.
4. West End Food Park & City Park and Ride
An idea to expand on the underserved retail needs of the West End, we have been approached by a group to help evaluate the idea of getting a West End Food Park established. This idea would allow food trucks to set up 7 days a week and provide the area with some activity and some highly needed dining options. In addition, the City is investigating the idea of a Park and Ride location in the West End for employees at City Hall. This location would allow employees to park their car in the West End, and then shuttle or ride their bike to City Hall.
As a part of these two plans, we are investigating if it may be beneficial for both parties to co-locate, which would allow shared parking and expenses, as well as, giving the employees dining options while coming or going.