What Should Go Here: 17th & Brommer

There are seven commercial spaces set to be available. What would you like to see go in there?

The lot at 17th Avenue and Brommer Street in Live Oak is sitting empty, ready to be developed by Barry Swenson with a two-story building complete with eight residential condos and seven commercial condos.

At our Patch party in Santa Cruz two weeks ago, several Live Oak residents told us that neighbors there are waiting anxiously to find out what will end up in the building, many hoping to chains in that space are avoided.

So what do you hope ends up there? Tell us in the comments below! 

Maria Grusauskas February 17, 2012 at 01:37 AM
A soccer field like Depot Park!!
Michael A. Lewis February 17, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Barry Swenson builders has given up on its proposed project. There are now no plans for this emoty lot. We've met three times with Swenson on various iterations of projects for this space, and so far, nothing has been built. There is just not enough demand for more retail space in Live Oak to make it economically viable in today's economy.
Tom February 17, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Make it an In and Out Burger
Jacob Bourne (Editor) February 17, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Michael, thanks for the info. So if it can't be a commercial space, what else would be a good use for the property?
Michael A. Lewis February 17, 2012 at 06:18 PM
The property is zoned commercial/retail, so it is restricted to thoses uses. It's not just a matter of what residents want to be built there. Whatever is built must be economically viable in order to receive necessary financing. In today's economy, there just isn't much to be built there that can be financed. The land was purchased as an investment by Swenson when the economy was at a higher level, and now they're stuck with a property that can't be developed.
Michael A. Lewis February 17, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Nope. No drive-ins are allowed in Santa Cruz County.
Just One Vote February 17, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Could this be a spot for a skateboard park/youth center? Private and public resources could combine to provide a safe, accessible space for "middle age" kids and Barry Swenson Builders could continue their long tradition of responsible community development.
JoMont February 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Fresh Produce, more Dharmah-like eateries, health based stores that show a healthy way to eat/live/think. This and a Diabetes Wellness Center.
Michelle Thomsen March 07, 2012 at 08:07 PM
@ Michael. As it turns out, there WAS a financially viable plan to build a small business park, moving two businesses that are being involuntarily displaced from the Live Oak Business Park, and adding a veterinary clinic. I own one of those businesses. However, the neighbors felt that small professional businesses with long track records that employ county residents don't belong in their "downtown." They'd rather have more retail, and retail is considerably more risky in these times, which makes it not viable at that location. So, it remains a dirt lot, and the search continues for me and for other business owners for quality office/light industrial property in mid-county. I am not optimistic from what I have seen so far.
JoMont March 07, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Dear Community. To Whom This May Concern...... Being we are on the subject of our locals, does anyone of you know of a job that would employ a 22 year old woman, employed for 5 years with both a non-profit AND a local business (worked two jobs out of loyalty) who was laid off recently for loss of funding and to cut company costs, with experience with Windows AND Mac as well as computer presentations, customer service on phones and in person, ordering/supplies, banking, project photography and has own transportation. She is available and will test negative for any substance use and has a clean and professional appearance. OK Community, lets see what we have for our locals.


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