Write to the City Planner and express this to them.The retail that is dying isn’t what I would consider quality. The residents in the area want a walkable neighborhood with quality shops. All you have to do it head to earlscourt park on a nice day to see the change in the area.
Stack on the addition of the new homes being built Innes and California along with this new development, it’s pretty easy to see the demand will be there. This location has more foot traffic then one might expect due to the park.
Big box stores are not an answer for everyone. Not everyone wants to deal with the traffic in the area.
Developing this project without retail is a mistake.
Corso Italia is gentrifying as older Italians are moving to Woodbridge, just like what is happening in Little Italy.I've found the change in retail scene along Corso Italia more to do with the retirement of the traditional decades old mom and pops stores who've been around for 1-2 generations. This has become more evident within the past 5 years or so.
But we're seeing a gradual shift with newer shops, eateries and cafes opening up and doing fairly well. Further east there's Shunoko, Spielhaus and CAFE St. Clair that have opened up within the last year and have began to change the retail landscape of the area.