Projects on three corners of Marsh and Nipomo streets were approved years ago. One is now built, but quite different, and, in my opinion, better than the original proposal.
I was on the City Council, and suggested that the Foster’s Freeze sign was of cultural and historical significance, and could be incorporated into the new development. The time has come to tear down the old building, and the sign has finally drawn some interest.
I have spoken with many in town who agree that, because the new structure will contain a mix of uses, it should be designed with the corner cut to mimic the current building, allowing for sidewalk seating. The sign can be put back where it was, to retain some historical reference to what is being lost. Even better, why not invite Foster’s Freeze to come back in the bottom corner of the new building?
With more housing downtown, we commonly see parents with strollers, teenagers, older people from the Manse, shoppers and poor folks all stopping for a burger or an ice cream cone. We need to have inexpensive options for hungry residents and visitors, a friendly place to just rest and enjoy a treat.