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Two chances to hear retail market analysis

Posted by retailigence on September 11, 2008

The public will have two opportunities to listen to a presentation on the findings of a retail market analysis of Lynden. Representatives of Pitney Bowes MapInfo, the company from Ann Arbor, Mich., that performed the analysis, will be in town on Monday to present its findings to the public — in an address geared toward the business community — at 3 p.m. at the City Hall Annex on Fourth Street and again during the City Council meeting at 7 p.m.

Amy Harksell, planning director, said that the city is seeking public input on the analysis findings (chronicled in the Tribune’s Sept. 3 issue and online at www.lyndentribune.com), especially on Lynden’s 65,000-square-foot retail building lid. Harksell also said the city staff plans on using the study as a zoning and planning tool, but is waiting for community discussion and direction from the City Council before proceeding with any possible zoning changes. “The zoning review committee is looking at it and its financial impacts and how retail impacts the city,” Harksell said.

The study says that upward of $13 million of purchases by Lynden residents are being lost annually to Bellingham, which accounts for nearly $200,000 in sales tax revenue. Lynden is searching for the best way to capture that money. Gary Vis, Lynden Chamber of Commerce director, said that he currently has had no directive from the chamber board to solicit national chains to Lynden, one of the study’s recommendations. The study can be viewed on the city’s Web site at www.lyndenwa.org under the planning tab. An online forum will soon be started there, but e-mails and letters are also welcomed, Harksell said.

source :-lynden tribune

Contributed by :- Vipin Rawat

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