Kudos to Richard Parkhurst for his attempts to bring business and community back to Water Street with the purchase of 275-287, (article, “Developer aims to resurrect Augusta Water Street building,” Oct. 12). Here’s a couple of ideas he might consider:

Why not relocate Gagliano’s to the top floor, where the view and the light would rival DiMillo’s in Portland. Why not entice Trader Joe’s grocery for the ground floor? Parking already is available behind the building. Both of these would be a boon not only to the residents living in the new condos, but also to all of the residents of Augusta.

Real estate agents already know that a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods store raises prices of properties in surrounding areas.

If this happened, there would be plenty of activity on Water Street.

Rosalyn Hinckley


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