SOUTH PARK BUSINESS PLAZA
Small businesses of color and families have suffered from displacement and gentrification in South Park, Yet 2020 – 2021 has been specially devastating for BIPOC entrepreneurs and employees as hundreds of businesses closed for public health concerns.
This project will aid displaced businesses without resources. It’s going to create jobs mainly for the BIPOC youth in our diverse community. Our goal is to keep them engaged and productive reducing their risk of falling into maladaptive coping skills such as drugs use and crime.
SPMA Original Idea:
Create a temporary commercial plaza of maritime containers modified to function as points of sale or commercial premises.
Creating this temporary commercial plaza would support the start-up of BIPOC businesses displaced during Covid-19 pandemic leaving them without resources.
TEMPORARY MOVABLE BUSINESS CENTER IN SOUTH PARK PLAZA
SPRING 2022 when the city of Seattle requires to begin park’s construction merchants will be able to transfer their mobile businesses to a permanent location
Proposition: Create a temporary commercial plaza using canopies
Objective: Businesses functioning year round
Create a temporary shopping plaza of canopies during the summer 2021 within the south park square, later in business/food trucks (autumn-winter 2021-2022). For the fall and winter seasons they would switch to movable business vehicles of various styles according to the resources that each business owner in conjunction with the financial support found by SPMA is provided to them for their points of sale or commercial premises.
Mobile Business Plaza Food Trucks
SOUTH PARK MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION
We are an non-profit conform mainly of small business owners, entrepreneurs and BIPOC youth who want to reactivate their economy and the community by joining forces.
- The temporary Plaza South Park will operate for a period of 10-12 months
- This Project will provide temporary support to 10-30 business owners impacted by covid19.
- Our goal is to acquire a permanent site to relocate the businesses
This project will provide temporary support to 30 business owners impacted by COVID-19 for a maximum of 60 months
- In a period of 60 months up to 30 BIPOC businesses will be supported with a physical space for the exhibition and sale of their products while SPMA obtains a permanent land for its transfer.
- SPMA will support them with the understanding and education to process their licenses and group permits for the best fiscal performance of the businesses.
- The primary employees benefiting will be Seattle BIPOC youth, low-income families and migrant community