General Retail and Service Uses will benefit from Rawleigh’s highly visible location on Main Street and the Amtrak service and multimodal station that will continually draw local and regional residents and visitors to the project. Further, the development provides space for a variety of employment and residential uses which create a built-in customer base throughout all hours of the day. Wide open floor spaces with significant exposure to and access from Main, Liberty and Adams Streets can be easily adapted to nearly all types of retail and service businesses.
WHY IS RAWLEIGH A GOOD RETAIL AND SERVICE LOCATION?
The general retail and service uses should complement and form synergistic relationships with those uses specifically targeted for Rawleigh, which include a bike shop, outdoor sports gear, brewpub, café, art gallery, antiques sales, and architectural salvage. In addition to general retail, themed retail uses could include a Freeport and Rawleigh gift shop where visitors and Amtrak users can learn about the City’s history and find Rawleigh collectables and unique gifts that celebrate the community’s rich agricultural and manufacturing heritage. Likewise, the presence of Amtrak may support a vendor for popular train collector items like model trains, vintage art and artifacts, and train themed souvenirs and mementos. Other vendors could include a coffee bar or other small kiosk vendors. Services could include hair and nail salons, yoga and pilates studio, health club, and medical clinic among many others.
- Full architectural and engineering plans for Building E will be developed in 2015, which the City will use to secure funding for renovation and installation of basic systems throughout the structure and the buildout of the ground floor to serve as an Amtrak train station and multimodal center. This will include nearly 15,000 sq. ft. of available tenant spaces for supporting retail and service uses
- The City is currently seeking short and long term uses for Building B and following a plan for a floor-by-floor reoccupation of the building as tenants are identified. The first floor has a net leasable area of approximately 11,500 sq. ft. that can be divided to accommodate individual tenant spaces of 500 sq. ft. to 8,000 sq. ft.