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Old 07-11-2010, 02:52 PM
 
Location: NE Georgia
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Maryland I think raised to 6% also in 2008 but it was 5%, Virginia is 4% plus a local 1% average but Frederick County is .5% ,Pennsylvania is 0% on clothing right up the road also.
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Clendenin, WV
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[SIZE=4]Dulles 28 Centre - Lifestyle Shopping Center[/SIZE]
The Dulles 28 Centre sits right in the middle of one of the nation's fastest growing commercial and residential areas in Loudoun County, Virginia.
www.dulles28centre.com/ - Cached - Similar

Been there. More upscale than The Commons, but you have to consider the geographic location as compared to the income level which I've been told will never happen in Berkeley County.

Sometimes it's nice to have a Mall to shop in when the weather is bad. It would be nice if Martinsburg Mall had more stores but can't see that happening anytime too soon.
That isn't the kind of lifestyle center I was thinking of

I was thinking more on the lines of a "town style" shopping village
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:42 PM
 
Location: NE Georgia
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That isn't the kind of lifestyle center I was thinking of

I was thinking more on the lines of a "town style" shopping village
Personally, an "IN TOWN" shopping village would be great for Martinsburg.
I could only imagine if downtown was revitalized. The historical buildings would bring identity to store fronts. Parking is not an issue and it would provide a windfall in revenue to the City.

Many towns in the Midwest and even around Atlanta have made town centers. Even in this economy they are booming. I live fairly close to the town of Lawrenceville, Georgia. http://www.lawrencevillega.org/
Five years ago the downtown was about equal to today's downtown Martinsburg. Vacant historical buildings, dingy, and not a place you wanted to spend any valuable time. Today? Well with an active city council, tax breaks, and native investment downtown Lawrenceville Georgia is a gold mine! They have even taken a corner building (Gateway anyone?) gutted, and re-built into condo's with a historical facing. Starting price? 300+k!
It can be done with diamonds in the rough. Martinsburg is the diamond and today it is just rough! It can be brought back to "Boomtown" once again. City Council?
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Clendenin, WV
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Personally, an "IN TOWN" shopping village would be great for Martinsburg.
I could only imagine if downtown was revitalized. The historical buildings would bring identity to store fronts. Parking is not an issue and it would provide a windfall in revenue to the City.

Many towns in the Midwest and even around Atlanta have made town centers. Even in this economy they are booming. I live fairly close to the town of Lawrenceville, Georgia. City of Lawrenceville, Georgia - Home Page
Five years ago the downtown was about equal to today's downtown Martinsburg. Vacant historical buildings, dingy, and not a place you wanted to spend any valuable time. Today? Well with an active city council, tax breaks, and native investment downtown Lawrenceville Georgia is a gold mine! They have even taken a corner building (Gateway anyone?) gutted, and re-built into condo's with a historical facing. Starting price? 300+k!
It can be done with diamonds in the rough. Martinsburg is the diamond and today it is just rough! It can be brought back to "Boomtown" once again. City Council?

That is kinda what Charleston is doing

Capital Street has developed nicely

and two other projects are underway---East End Main St., and West Side Main St.

The East end of Charleston ten years, along Washington St. was nothing but ghetto old buildings and crappy sidewalks-----now it has business and most of it has been revamped. alot of new shops and resturants

This is what Martinsburg needs
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:19 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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That isn't the kind of lifestyle center I was thinking of

I was thinking more on the lines of a "town style" shopping village

True, Downtown Martinsburg is in dire need of "fixing up" and a steady source of money flowing to keep it from going under even if one nice store does move in. How much attention does that Round House by the train station attract? Not much. That area has definite potential. I can see a decent hotel in that area for people coming in from the train - both Marc and Amtrak. If it's done right, the city can get a nice flow of people moving back/forth to the Charles Town area. I'm sure there's quite a few of us here that have great ideas that we can throw into the hat but our pockets are rather threadbare.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Clendenin, WV
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True, Downtown Martinsburg is in dire need of "fixing up" and a steady source of money flowing to keep it from going under even if one nice store does move in. How much attention does that Round House by the train station attract? Not much. That area has definite potential. I can see a decent hotel in that area for people coming in from the train - both Marc and Amtrak. If it's done right, the city can get a nice flow of people moving back/forth to the Charles Town area. I'm sure there's quite a few of us here that have great ideas that we can throw into the hat but our pockets are rather threadbare.
You all need a Pullman Square
pullmansquare.com---oops wrong link
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:46 AM
 
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The Wal-Mart intercepts the traffic into the downtown and into the mall (closed off entrance). It did the same in Winchester until the DC sprawl reached the I-81 corridor in the last five years. I remember there used to be a small outlet mall down the street from the building where I worked next to the railroad tracks off of King Street.
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:08 PM
 
Location: NE Georgia
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That is kinda what Charleston is doing

Capital Street has developed nicely

and two other projects are underway---East End Main St., and West Side Main St.

The East end of Charleston ten years, along Washington St. was nothing but ghetto old buildings and crappy sidewalks-----now it has business and most of it has been revamped. alot of new shops and resturants

This is what Martinsburg needs

True Chris,
I travel to Charleston about 6 times per year each time I am at the Embassy Suites or Marriott. It is nice to walk to everything!

I remember as a child riding my bike downtown in Martinsburg. We would lock them up on the bike rack beside Peoples Drug Store, which is now a legal office. Go into the cafe and have a sandwich and a great fountain Coke with our lawn mowing money. We would spend many an hour running around downtown without a care in the world. Today ugh, between the drugs, the dirt, and nothing... Well, outside of a porn shop what else is there? Also, no child nor adult should even be downtown alone anymore.

In Charleston you are spot on. The B'urg should take a few lessons. Then again all they need to do is go to Shepherdstown for a great example only 15 miles down the road
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Clendenin, WV
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True Chris,
I travel to Charleston about 6 times per year each time I am at the Embassy Suites or Marriott. It is nice to walk to everything!

I remember as a child riding my bike downtown in Martinsburg. We would lock them up on the bike rack beside Peoples Drug Store, which is now a legal office. Go into the cafe and have a sandwich and a great fountain Coke with our lawn mowing money. We would spend many an hour running around downtown without a care in the world. Today ugh, between the drugs, the dirt, and nothing... Well, outside of a porn shop what else is there? Also, no child nor adult should even be downtown alone anymore.

In Charleston you are spot on. The B'urg should take a few lessons. Then again all they need to do is go to Shepherdstown for a great example only 15 miles down the road
Shepherdstown is great!!!

Charleston works with a non-profit organization that speacializes in urban renwal, but I don't know the name
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Old 07-13-2010, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Inwood, WV
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My kid loves the indoor mini-golf...we seem to be there almost once a week. There is a healthy contingent of elderly mall walkers that enjoy the 'facility' year-round as well. We bank at the credit union branch there, too. The shopping selection isn't the greatest, but it's better than nothing. I don't see a new Wal-mart replacing the existing one anytime soon; they just remodeled the interior of that store and there's already a new one at Spring Mills. There's a large piece of property in Inwood that many folks believe Wal-mart has invested in and is waiting for the economy to rebound before building there. Their store in Jefferson County is woefully inadequate, though.
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