Visions for Vacancies: TESST Building

What do you want to see inside one of Hyattsville's most iconic buildings?

This one's for the comment section, Hyattsville. What do want to see inside the TESST building now that it's been bought by Streetsense? 

The Bethesda-based real estate development company is known in Hyattsville for its work developing and marketing the retail spaces at EYA Arts District Hyattsville commercial center which now houses Busboys and Poets, Spice 6, Chipolte and Big Bad Woof, among others. 

So, before we begin the discussion, here's a quick fact sheet about the property.


5122 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD Enclosed Area 10,600 square feet, two floors. Nearby Landmarks , Hyattsville Municipal Building, St. Jerome Catholic Church, Prince George's District Court Nearby Transit Adjascent to WMATA 83, F8 bus lines. Two miles to both Prince George's Plaza, West Hyattsville Metro stations. Near several municipal pay parking lots.  Previous Use Vocational school from 1957 throguh 1998. 

Marc Ratner, CEO of Streetsense, told Patch that he thought the TESST building was ideally suited to retail and offices, but he was open to any serious offers to rent the space.

What do you think should go inside the TESST building?

Farmer Joe January 17, 2013 at 08:29 PM
I would like to see a small hardware store with maybe a combo art supply, or a fake store front that serves as a non-profit tutoring station for kids like the "superhero supply store" in Brooklyn. Look up Dave Eggers for more info.
Eric Burka January 17, 2013 at 11:40 PM
I agree that the TESST sign is great and I would love to see that stay or have the name of the new venue/retailer be in it's place.
Donald James January 18, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Great idea. Hyattsville is the perfect place to start creating an area with some nightlife so that we don't have to go to the city all the time.
SMallory13 January 22, 2013 at 01:08 PM
A theatre company
Mike Derry January 29, 2013 at 11:48 PM
I agree... we recently moved here from the Baltimore area . The one thing I really miss are the multitude of quality wine bars up that way.... The Arts District still has that small town feel... Rather than large chain establishments I'd like to see some individually owned places as well... wine bar, bistros/cafe , coffee /breakfast places... My fear is if we turn everything over to the developers the whole area will become one big strip mall and lose all of its charm and character !


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