Vacancies: Main Street Space Sits Empty

Put aside all the regulations, restrictions and rules—we're asking you what type of establishment would make the most sense in this space.

Let's call this a modern spin on community planning; a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

We present a vacant space or property and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules and all the other zoning jargon that puts most people to sleep. What would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

Our inaugural installment of this column received a couple of great suggestions, as did our subsequent posts. Now, we're hoping you'll weigh in on the Main Street storefront that sits empty. It's next to the newly-opened Susana's Store, a shop for children. One of Brewster's oldest establishments, Frank's Upholstery, is located on the same strip of shops.

Check out the photo and right and tell us what you think would be the best use of the space. Would an office work? Would it be a good spot for some sort of retail shop or eatery? If so, what kind? Or maybe you're thinking something else entirely.

Please leave your answer in the comments section below. Thanks for participating!

About this column: In highlighting vacant buildings in Southeast and Brewster, we aim to help residents take a proactive role in planning and building their community. We'll run this column every other Friday and, when appropriate, take your feedback to public officials and property owners, to inform their decisions about future uses. Know of a vacant building we should highlight? Email Ashley.Tarr@patch.com. 

lillian philbin October 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM
A bakery sounds like a good idea. However, as stated before, there is no parking in this area for any type of retail store. I struggle to find parking just to go to Brewster Florist.
Robert Salinger October 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I think A coffee, bagel, frozen yogurt shop would be great..but parking is always a challenge.
Mark Anderson October 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM
you've got it! we signed a new lease for a bakery last night (October 15). from your inspiration comes commerce! please note, there are 5 free non metered 1/2 hour spaces directly across N. Main St. to help patrons of village business find parking. come to the village of brewster and enjoy.
Trish October 18, 2012 at 11:44 AM
I hope this is true.... And with this addition maybe a dry cleaner, cvs/riteaid type store possibly a hallmark store and imagine a nice cafe. Wow all the possibilities. And as far as parking.... Look at other villages parking is the same and they thrive it's the quality of the store that makes it all work.
Eileen October 18, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I think a bakery is a great idea.


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