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1/15/2014 10:03:00 AM
Empty Buildings

Editor, Times-Union:
In a previous letter to the editor, “Supporting the Local Economy” Sept. 6, I made mention of the empty retail storefronts at the Big R, Kmart, Carson’s and Walmart shopping plazas and how they need to be filled again as part of keeping the local economy of Kosciusko County vibrant. If anyone knows of any for-profit or non-profit organizations here in the county, the state of Indiana or throughout the United States that are looking for a place to locate a business or need office space for a corporate headquarters, please contact the realtors of those locations or our local Warsaw Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce.
There are also empty storefronts on Winona Avenue waiting to be filled, the soon-to-be-empty YMCA building, plus the abandoned Gatke factory next to the greenway/bike trail. I think if a buyer cannot be found for the Gatke property it should be torn down and incorporated into the greenway/bike trail.
If anyone else knows of other empty buildings located in the greater Warsaw area or in other towns throughout Kosciusko County, contact the Chamber of Commerce as previously mentioned or write into the letters to the editor column with suggestions as to what can be done with those buildings.
Alexander Houze
Leesburg



Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Article comment by: dan comp

I agree with Josh and i have avoided that plaza due to the lack of maintenance of the road in front of the plaza. If a person stops at McDonalds or Aldi's they will get there from 30 and avoid driving on the crappy road so businesses in that plaza lose business for sure and i have no doubts about that so the owners of the plaza are just shooting themselves in the foot and losing out on renting out the empty spaces. They are responsible for maintaining the road not the city or county like some folks may think and i have had to explain that to some people i know when they complained about it. I think this is another reason why you see businesses building brand new buildings vs renting the empty ones amongst other reasons but i know it is a deal breaker. I would not want angry customers with busted up cars mad at me expecting me to pay for their damages you know? We are seeing the results of us not being the superpower of the world anymore plus the top 1% have a lot to do with the current weak economy by keeping wages artificially low so people have less disposable income to spend and keep the ball rolling so to speak. It is not going to get any better with the same ole business as usual with the fat cats getting greedier and greedier. Those fast food folks are on the right path with the $15 an hour as that is what minimum wage ought to be when you consider inflation. That is what you have to make just to have the same standard of living of the mid 1960's on minimum wage of that time. I am a conservative and not an Obummer supporter just to be clear lol. I voted against him..

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: JOSH BERGER

BigR shopping center? Have you driven out there lately? Possibly if the owners of the complex would maintain the roads, more folks would frequent that area, and maybe another couple businesses would move in.
But who really wants to have to swerve, or even risk breaking a tie rod or a bent rim just to get a pizza or buy some bird seed?




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