18 thoughts on “Closed Business Tour

  1. Not Just A Resident

    Is there any history behind these? What were they? why did the close? i think these are all pre-Sandy specials? Also, what would one need in terms of rent$ and any other paperwork to open up something in these locations? Thanks BlogMaster 🙂

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  2. NoLongerNew

    I voted #3. That gray is just depressing.

    If these are businesses, has Carla put the owners in touch with artists that might want to do something interesting to the facade? I know we can’t just do it on our own, but it was free to the owner and supplies were donated to the artist, it could be a win for everyone.

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    1. Barbara iannucci

      I think Carla is tied up running the Homeowner Christmas Light contest, … Or maybe it was with the Hennessy auto repair fiasco?

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    2. NoLongerNew

      This can go one of two ways: lots of people coming to town to look at the lights and seeing what we have to offer (restaurants, coffee shop, flower shop, Twin Lights, etc) and coming back to town at a later date.

      Or people will drive around and notice all the dark uninhabited houses and think we’re a ghost town, never to return.

      Maybe we can convince Waterwitch Coffee to open late. People can stop in for coffee or hot chocolate to enjoy while they drive around our town.

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    3. Jen

      Or maybe that’s part of the FEMA project that we all voted as VITAL (cough cough DIE) to the recovery of Highlands, so she’s waiting on the grant and the mythical grant writer. Or would this be part of the less vital building/code database?

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    4. Barbara iannucci

      The Council presented the ordinance at Nov 7 meeting for a full-time grant writer. So something good came out of this election. I wanted to stand up and clap but since I was sitting next to Doug I didn’t want to get thrown out for being out of order.

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    5. Barbara iannucci

      … On second thought I’ll wait to celebrate …. For all we know it may be Carla or someone’s spouse …

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    6. PrayingMantis

      I know that several years ago a loose group of people called Highlands First approached many of the vacant business property owners with the idea of murals, window displays, paint, etc. They had no takers. I think it would be a great project.

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  3. CleanupHighlands

    How about an art project for the Art department at the High School.? All high schools now have a community service requirement and just think our taxpayer school taxes can actually be put to some good use instead of the bloated upper “management” salaries of our incredibly “full” schools..

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  4. Danielle

    There is a lot of graffiti (pre Sandy) on North Street. I think that they should have artist paint over that too! I called the town about it and they said the only thing I could do was ticket the owner. I didn’t think that was fair because obviously they did not spray paint “scum bag” on their fence.

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  5. duncan mccleod

    I think the abandoned businesses in town, and the fact that these places are boarded up on our main st in the town, Bay Ave., is further evidence of the failure of the HBP, and for that matter the town.

    This should have been the first thing that the HBP tackled before doing anything else. The organization should have put pressure, repeatedly if needed, to make the town enforce codes, or make new ones prohibiting boarded up store fronts on Bay Ave. Of course the town should have had enough sense to tackle this problem itself without any coecion.

    The reason we are in such a budget crisis now, and cant recover from Sandy, is because no businesses wanted to come here, and many just left. The HBP’s primary purpose is the BID, Business Improvement District. Which in 12 years of the HBP has not only not improved, but has gotten worse!

    If the town and the HBP had done what they should have done 10 years ago, which was to work the problem, then perhaps we would have had a more robust tax base, and vibrant business district. But no, brain trusts such as Becky Kane(now the darling of the HBP) and Chris Francy, voted the HBP out of existence for a year, promising everyone the town would take over HBP activities. And when it was too much work for them, they voted it back into existence. Why? Certainly the town has not been a good partner in helping to market the town, ie lack of code enforcement etc.

    Of course we are all to believe that there is some grand plan in the works to save the town from financial disaster! Sure there is…….. sure there is………..

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    1. NoLongerNew

      Duncan, don’t you know that residential ratables are going to save the town??? (That sound you hear is my eyes rolling.) And don’t forget about all the money we’re going to get once we have that transit village designation.

      Some people will blame one person in the HBP. What I want to know is what are the MEMBER businesses doing???

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    2. PrayingMantis

      Mr. McCleod – It’s hard to follow what you are saying. First you said the HBP wasn’t doing a good job and then you say that council shouldn’t have voted it out. Did you mean that they shouldn’t have voted it back in?

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