Vacancies focus of new effort for downtown Longview

Vacancies focus of new effort for downtown Longview
Michael Cavazos
News
Monday, August 11, 2014 - 7:55am

Concerns about rising vacancies on a key downtown block are prompting a new effort to help get businesses into empty storefronts along Tyler Street.

Though tenants have been found for a couple of the long-vacant properties — a lease was signed just this past week for one of them — the situation highlights the difficulty of drawing businesses to the city center.

A single block of Tyler Street between Center and High streets recently has had at least five vacant buildings, a situation that prompted Longview’s Main Street group to initiate a program to help get business owners thinking about downtown.

But most agree on the main challenge to filling such spaces: lack of parking. 

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