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Vacancies: What Should Become of Sciortino's?

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 building that housed Sciortino's for years.

The restaurant, which operated out of a Route 22 building in Southeast, recently closed. A LoHud.com story, posted last month, by Barbara Livingston Nackman states that the eatery had been in business since 1965.

A "For Lease" sign, advertising a property of 21,000 square feet, is hanging outside the building.

"Suitable for restaurant, medical, office, retail or night club," the sign reads.

So, Brewster and Southeast folks, do any of those options appeal to you? Why or why not? What do you think should become of the Sciortino's building?

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

About this column: In highlighting vacant buildings in Brewster and Southeast, 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.

Alana March 01, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Something like Eataly would be wonderful in that space and would draw from a wide area, if done with a high quality. The location is excellent for drawing from Westchester, Dutchess and Connecticut.
Bart March 01, 2013 at 06:54 PM
I would like to see an Indian reservation, so that we can more conveniently partake in bingo and cheap cigarettes. Also this area has a proud tradition of Indian inspired lexiconography. For instance the word for skunk is an Indian word and of course we all know the etymology of Ma Ho Pac.
Elaine Wilson March 05, 2013 at 08:51 PM
I would love to see a YMCA!
Anty30 March 05, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Has anyone been to the Monster Golf in Danbury? It's an indoor blacklit mini-golf and arcade with party rooms. It's really cool and I think something like that would do well here in Brewster. They could do a small pizzaria and ice cream shop inside too. There's not enough for kids to do in our local area. Especially on a rainy day
Mario A. Zeoli April 27, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Jennifer, you didn't say anything about the Septic System??? Is it up to date to handle a large volume crowd such as suggestions were made????

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