Eastman Business Park is seeking proposals for development of a lot across from Kodak Center on West Ridge Road.
EBP officials see the 1.1-acre space as an opportunity to complement its investment in Kodak Center with restaurant, retail and office space options.
Kodak Center lit up the night with its new marquee and digital display board to a crowd of more than 1,000 people in September 2017. The event garnered attention on social media, and was a big step in EBP’s master plan to transform the east end of the park. Developing the open space on the south side of West Ridge Road is the next step in that process.
“When people plan a night out, they often focus on places where they can enjoy their whole night without having to drive from place to place,” said Dolores Kruchten, president of the corporate real estate and Eastman Park division and vice president at Eastman Kodak Co. “With our new marquee and new acts coming to Kodak Center, we want to provide that ‘night out’ option where people can enjoy dinner or visit a unique shop before taking a short walk to see amazing entertainment right across the street.”
While any business that locates in this space can benefit from events at Kodak Center, it will not have to rely on the theater for business. The location is in a high-traffic area with nearly 40,000 vehicles passing by every day and a large workforce at EBP within walking distance.
EBP hopes to select a project by February 2018. Envisioned restaurant concepts include fast-casual, quick-service, fast-fine or full-service sit-down eateries with outdoor seating as well as possible cafe and bar service. If supported by market demand, EBP is encouraging upper-story commercial uses and potentially office space.