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Altoona Container Park, Think Inside the Box Challenge Business Application

Friday, January 27, 2023
RIchard Downey

Have you dreamt of opening a small restaurant or retail business? Do you want to get in on the ground floor of a vibrant, cutting‐edge new development in downtown Altoona? Now is your chance to make those dreams come true. The City of Altoona is seeking to partner with pioneering entrepreneurs who want to be part of a new container park development planned to open in downtown Altoona in the summer of 2023.

Interested businesses are encouraged to apply to the City's Think Inside the Box Challenge. The easy-to-fill-out application materials are attached hereto. A team assembled by the City will review the applications, and finalists will be invited to meet with the team to present more detailed plans for their business ideas.

Winners of the Challenge will be invited to sign affordable leases to operate their businesses in the container park. The park will also include an indoor seating area/observation deck, public bathrooms, outdoor seating, and a performance stage. Along with the application materials, a project site plan, park renderings, and building specifications are attached for your review.

For more information, or if you have any related questions, don't hesitate to contact Mike Golat, City Administrator, or Richard Downey, Assistant City Administrator, at 715‐839‐6092 or by email at or