Downtown To Get A New Art Gallery, Still No Grocery Store
When we updated all that is going on with The Ogden, we discovered what will fill the last vacancy at this important Downtown hub. In addition to being the actual home of Downtown catalyst Tony Hsieh, The Ogden is emblematic of the commercial, residential and community aspirations of Downtown's rebirth. Create a place for locals, that tourists will want to experience. And if you like the changes on Fremont East, you'll probably dig the new tenants at the bottom of this residential building located super close to El Cortez.
But, it's the local angle we've been monitoring closely, since being given a tip almost a year ago: that a much needed grocery story was coming to the Ogden's ground floor. Our source was someone who not only knew the score, but really needed to know. It appears, however, their enthusiasm was all for naught. The final space in the Ogden will now be occupied by a 3,000-square-foot art gallery.
While that's kind of nice, we can't help but feel that the residents in the area would have preferred a quick and easy destination for essentials. The gallery wasn't a complete surprise as we'd also been monitoring the status of the Chalk Gallery referenced by a local building company. They've had a rendering of the space on their website for months. We thought the project might be as dead as our Nacho Daddy discovery last May. We can't yet confirm this is the actual forthcoming art venue, but it's quite the coincidence. Either way, with luck, the new gallery will make our must-visit list of downtown hotspots.
While we wait on extra details, we can confirm within the next few months that the Ogden will be filled with "wholesome food" from Rachel's Kitchen, healthy pizza from Slice and an inspirational lecture venue. Maybe that didn't come out right. Go, Ogden.
(PHOTOS & RENDERING: Alliance Building Group)