Mark and Charlie Goldman, owners of Allen Street Equipment, are now the proud owners of Allen Street 249, formerly the home of Lycata Plumbing.
The journey from space before today was eye-opening. I don’t think many people realize how big the inside is because it looks so small from the street. But beyond the low profile of the unwanted brick, there is the possibility of 3,000 square feet.
I asked Mark what his thoughts were on attracting a tenant and he told me he hoped to take any art-related establishment along with a coffee shop. While he’s open to all sorts of ideas, there’s no way to get an alcohol license for this place, which is fine with Mark, as he hopes people will walk in front of a neighbor while drinking. In addition, Hardware is in the process of being upgraded to include an institution with nuanced art – one that will replace the residents of Allentown (a classic bar and restaurant) instead of catering to the night crowd (be aware of this beforehand).
So the Goldmans are looking for a business that has some kind of synergy with Hardware, and the rest of Allen Street, which Mark acknowledges, is in a permanent state. Having said that, always have that artistic element of Bohemia that people loved. And that’s what he and Charlie want to use.
In the case of the building itself, 3,000 square meters consists of three unique spaces – one large space at the back and two spaces at the front. Mark told me that there are a lot of possible configurations. A company can take everything. Or take the two front points, with the raw stock in the back (saving construction). Or the two plants can be placed in front, with special entrances (while the door or windows are combined inside). The back space has high ceilings that can be great for a gallery or gathering area or a music club contaminated with coffee.
Mark expects that he and Charlie will be recipients of a suitable grant program that will allow them to move forward with a facade improvement project. At that time, people will see the real possibilities of the building and the interiors.
One thing is for sure – no matter what this space (s) will look like, it will be a big boost by filling in a new façade that adds to the sweet aesthetic of the street’s architecture. As it stands, a lot needs to be improved.
My biggest hope is that some of the new ventures that are emerging in Allen are moving forward – working hours. It would be great to make a district more prosperous not only at night, but also during the day.