Construction continues on the public plaza and retail pavilion at 23rd and Jackson, with the project’s three micro-retail spaces nearing completion. Pictured above, each space is approximately 520 square feet in size, but these small footprints will have a big impact. Less costly to outfit and operate, micro-retail provides an option for small businesses to activate the plaza at Jackson.

“Community members and residents of the neighborhood shared how important small businesses are to maintaining the vibrancy of the Central Area, and that feedback was important to incorporate in the project’s design,” says Ada M. Healey, chief real estate officer at Vulcan Real Estate. “The design team wanted to ensure that the project included spaces in which small businesses could thrive.”

To lease one of the spaces, Vulcan is partnering with Seattle-based nonprofit Ventures, which provides business training and access to capital to “aspiring entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential.” Small business owners that have graduated from Ventures’ program or Washington C.A.S.H. programs can apply here and a final selection will be made in late August to early September. Stay tuned for updates on the businesses coming to 23rd and Jackson!