Driving by and looking at google maps, the potential seems endless for the plot of lot that could be developed on the southwest corner of W Columbus Dr and Dale Mabry. Already, on the west side of this corner plot is the Without Walls church that has gone through hell, and I believe is vacant, and the pastor tried selling the land, but it did not go through. Neighboring that, and possibly the only functioning development here is the Jerry Ulm dodge dealership. it could be worked around I guess, but in a time when more urban development is encouraged, wouldn't it be great if a car dealership were moved for an urban residential community?
I believe the car dealership bought the closed down Circuit city, just south of it, though I believe only some of it's parking is used, and none of the run down, dilapidated building. Crazy buffet, an asian reasturant, is located next door on a small plot, and I have gone to this place many times, but it seems the quality goes down every time, and I believe the place has gone through financial problems, including a robbery, and ownership changes, within the past few years. And south of this is the empty lot previously occupied by the Green Iguana, another tiki hut place, and a hotel. The Kuhn honda dealership was supposed to move here, but was that put on hold? I haven't seen activity happening, and it was reported a few years ago. Oh please, because the last thing we need is another car dealership using up valuable property, especially at this intersection, which appears to be one of the best on Dale Mabry, located near international mall, the airport, and lots of offices (including the international center which borders this combined, large property). Going even further south, is a neighborhood (lets face it, that looks like a ghetto) and the businesses bordering Dale Mabry don't appear any different, from the Wendy's, Denny's, car wash place, pet supermarket, and more (including a place that families frown at seeing that blinking sign). Running into Spruce, this then borders a Home Depot that is barely recognizable and could use a face lift (compared to others that I have seen) and connected to that is the Nordstrom Rack, which replaced a previous Toys R Us, and more. But I certainly like the Target, which I find neat being multiple stories.
But the point? Could some ambitious developer consider making some moves? There are ones lying open on the table including the failed Church, and I think the empty plot from the supposed to be car dealership that hasn't arrived, and doesn't look like it will. That right there is a large plot of land, bordering Dale Mabry, near large office buildings, etc. Could the not so big or upscale dodge dealership move? And that corner property of vacant land if that were to happen appears to be larger than the neighboring property that contains three office buildings, including a substantial operation from PwC, upscale restaurants, and with plans for another office building, and upscale apartments. The potential could be endless, especially creating a better image on Dale Mabry, and opening more space for Westshore. Going further south seems very ambitious, even more than the already suggested, but those shacks seem out of place, and could prevent development, and the shops fronting Dale Mabry are hardly noticeable, and if so, nothing to be proud of. This would run into Spruce, which could get improvements, and make the neighboring Home Depot, etc. more appealing and noticeable.
Call me crazy, tell me I'm insane or am visioning too much, but looking at Laurel street running west from the I275 Dale Mabry intersection, and then when it runs into Lois heading north, comprised in this area is retail, a new set of apartments rising, hotels, offices, and this northeast corner could complement it greatly. Any thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated, and knowledge on the situation if any...