Picture your business on King Street.
This is the time for investing in historic quarters. There is often hidden wealth in what makes a downtown district interesting and unique and for Bridgewater this gem is King Street. King Street was the first trading centre for Bridgewater, a town built on shipping trade in the early 1800s. Today, still winding along the beautiful Lahave River, King Street is an eclectic melting pot of old and new, traditional facades and welcoming murals advertising a riverfront view. Recent upgrades to the streetscape include a fully-accessible waterfront park with sheltering trees, seating and bandstand and a fountain between two bridges celebrating the Lahave River.
Over recent years as certain businesses have expanded and moved into more spacious premises and as certain government incorporated services have become more centralised, King Street has become home to some available buildings. The BDA has provided a showcase walk down King Street to highlight a selection of very viable business premises on the market. All considered prime real estate with waterfront views, the Town of Bridgewater Planning Department has a view to support commercial and mixed-use investments on King Street and we welcome you to bring your business plans to Bridgewater’s waterfront.
The Inside Scoop
Retirement on one hand and expansion on the other have been the main reasons for the empty buildings on King Street. The Post Office moved to an alternate venue in Bridgewater due to space issues, the former owner of Lahave Furnishings retired and closed down the business, the Nauss property on the river's edge has been vacant for several years looking for the right buyer and the Baptist Church acquired land from the Bridgewater Development Association years ago and are building a new church in town. A recent addition to the available properties list is an attractive building on 620 - 626 King Street. Presently a mixed-use commercial residential site, this property also has the infrastructure for a restaurant on the ground level overlooking the river.
What this does mean is Bridgewater has space for incubating new business on King Street and with a master planning initiative launched by the Town there are several opportunities to be involved in the process of creating an improved mixed-use, urban-themed downtown for Bridgewater.