What's the Future of the Mildred Street Business Corridor?

The area along University Place's eastern edge suffered two hits in less than two weeks with the closure of the The Keg and Galaxy Narrows Theater.

It was almost eerie driving along Midred Street West in University Place today.

On the UP side of where the city converges with Fircrest and Tacoma, two prominent buildings sat empty.

The building that used to house The Keg, which served its final meal Jan. 19, had a sign taped to the inside door: "This Keg location is now closed."

In the distance, a white armored truck was parked in front of the newly emptied which had its final showing Thursday night.

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A pair of businesses that helped bring customers to the Mildred Street business corridor, particularly on weekends, are now gone. And the news caught most of us by surprise.

Businesses still line both sides of the street, but surely the loss of two major business will cause some ripple effect.

We want to hear from you, University Place Patch users. How do you think the movie theater's closure, along with The Keg's, will affect business activity along Mildred Street West? What would you like to see in their place?

Tell us in the comments section below.

Dan February 02, 2013 at 03:35 PM
One word...Freeway
Randy Walden February 02, 2013 at 03:39 PM
One of problems with that area is that the property has multiple owners. It's like trying to get cats to agree on eating the same food.
Patty Schumacher February 02, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Dan is right about the freeway but a good model for success is not far away - about a block in James Center North. It suffered from the same hodgpodge development with a dysfunctional layout. I was aghast when they "blew the whole thing up" and started over but it appears practically full with tenants now and bustling with activity. Randy's observation about the ownership situation is also on point. Without repeating the disaster on Bridgeport, an effective Economic Development department of the City of UP would be contacting prospective developers promoting the potential of a reboot ot this large tract located contiguous to the mostly upscale and affluent Fircrest and UP communities. One of the reasons I have been told by commercial real estate people that the Bridgeport Town Center site has had poor interest is that the area footprint is too small. The Mildred Street site from 24th St West on the South to 19th on the North and from Mildred to 70th East to West is much larger by far.
Howard and Barbara Lee February 03, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Excessive distance from a freeway and too small of a footprint are good points. Additionally, the topography of Town Center is not conducive to development since a tenant wants people to see their establishment, not just its roof. The Economic Development department has to be a major player in creating both economic momentum and an image that businesses, both new and existing, can be a success in UP because our city treats businesses as a partner in the success of our community. Howard
Kimber Green February 05, 2013 at 02:34 PM
It's really sad to see the numerous businesses closing down around Pierce County. Even the old Red Apple building on 27th and Grandview has been host to many businesses that come and go over the years (here's to Leftys making it through the winter), and a target for much crime with how long it has sat vacant. University Place is in an awkward position between "up and coming" and "down and going". Wish we could figure this out.


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