Draper and his project team will host a neighborhood meeting tonight to discuss the temporary pilot program at the hotel, located at 44 E. Third Ave. The incubator program is designed to support the successful development of startups through an array of business support resources and collaborative mentoring with the university’s network of contacts.
Recently, the city just relaxed its downtown retail requirements that mandated storefronts on ground floors be used solely for retail purposes.
Before the city relaxed the rules, however, the former owners of the Collective Antiques building, the Musich family, asked the city for a variance to allow a startup, SnapLogic, to operate on the ground floor.
Some residents, however, urged the City Council not to grant the variance to keep downtown pedestrian and retail oriented.