Dear Friends, Neighbors and Customers,
We all see, and are horrified by, the way our beautiful little business district has evolved into a decrepit, shabby, unkempt landscape. I am writing to underline the obvious to everyone who lives and works in our lovely special little village. The look of our business district is like the preverbal “elephant in the room.” Only now it is the “elephant on the street.”
Many unrented stores stick out that like missing teeth in a once smiling face. Landlords have let their properties languish month after month with easily viewed untidy interiors, dirty windows, torn and dirty awnings and litter strewn sidewalks. Couple this shameful presentation with high rents and you have the result we now live with – vacant spaces. This just cannot be good business for anyone. Maybe landlords can afford to be so cavalier but we cannot.
Our property values are not only dependent on the schools and our proximity to New York City, but on the charm of our village. Many of the real estate agents tell me that they not only “sell the Larchmont house” but “sell the town” as well. Take a look around and ask yourself if our main shopping streets merit praise and act as an incentive to a prospective home buyers or retailers.
To the Landlords:
This coming spring should provide the opportunity to contribute some inexpensive plantings in front of the stores that would make a world of difference to prospective renters. You don’t have time to do it yourself? Donate money to the Parks and Trees Committee and/or the Beautification Committee. They can help. The more stores we have vacant, the more stores we will have vacant. Who wants to shop in a town where there are finally places to park but no store open to get what you need? This situation has epidemic potential. It requires immediate and proactive attention.
To the Community:
Support your existing retailers as you would expect them to support your charity! Need a gift, buy it in town! Need decorating, source it in town! Need clothing, buy it in town! Need beauty services, buy them in town! You know how this works. We have to do this as a community. Let’s survive together. Don’t just chat about this situation over coffee. Step Up Please!
Thanking you in advance for your help and support,
Carol E Charny
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