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.

Elizabeth R. Apgar Triano February 15, 2013 at 04:09 PM
A nice, affordable gym with a POOL! I like Susan's idea too. I was going to say a two-story bookstore/cafe... ideally not a chain but something indie and flexible, that could include, say, a used-book area and/or a little farmers-market type stall. Books + wifi + not just coffee but also something local/green/tasty :-)
Trish February 15, 2013 at 05:25 PM
The building is large but parking could be a problem for a updated catering hall even scorintinos had difficulty with parking . I would still like to see a DECENT restaurant , offices, QUALITY retail . I hope whatever does come, will renovate the building and grounds to a similar style / color of the recently renovated retail space across the street that has a wine store and pizza place.
Roseann February 15, 2013 at 06:49 PM
I think it should remain a resturant, but updated. Also, parking lot is a big issue. I've shied away from using it for parties, because of the lot. It would be nice to maybe also add some nights as a nighclub for adults - comedy, etc.
Laura February 15, 2013 at 08:20 PM
I love both of those ideas!
Idilcia February 15, 2013 at 09:56 PM
I love the idea of (upscale gym) But I still think we need a TACO BELL in Putnam!! LOL Brewsterfitness
Noelle Smith February 16, 2013 at 01:24 AM
There is not a venue for catered affairs in this area that could accommodate the volume that Sciortino's handled. It is a shame that it closed but the kitchen was not up to par. Call in Robert Irvine to renovate the decor and kitchen and bring back a venue for local families, business and non-profits to hold events!
timetofightback February 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM
I think it should be what the market is demanding right now. Gyms are pretty hot so a New your sports club would be nice! A Quality family restaurant good food and prices would do well too - Chad Collesian Keller Williams Realty Group.
karin scheele February 18, 2013 at 03:53 AM
I wish Brewster fitness could take it over- and be even bigger!! best classes around! We love it!!
Maria February 19, 2013 at 06:50 AM
I would love a trader joes closer than the one in Danbury.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 12:55 AM
One more vote (from a member of the Yahoo group Brewster10509) for a nightclub/catering hall/restaurant.
Martin Greenberg February 20, 2013 at 01:04 AM
A fantastic family restaurant like Westchester Burger on the main floor and a Gym upstairs. They'd share the parking well and neighther would be too hard on the septic system.
sheri February 20, 2013 at 02:34 PM
We have World Gym and NYSC right around the corner. Also Brewster Fitness, which I guess is like a curves for women, is right next door.
sheri February 20, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Agree! We dont need a nightclub here right off the highway.
sheri February 20, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Book store and indoor farmers market, that's a great idea!
sheri February 20, 2013 at 02:36 PM
I thought Seven Stars was taking it over, but I guess they lied about that too!
Erin E. Meagher February 20, 2013 at 05:39 PM
They recently toured Garden Street School according to the report "In the fall of 2012, we were contacted by representatives from Demian Pictures, a motion picture production company. In November, we toured the school with Demian Pictures and were provided with ideas and concepts for their redevelopment plans of the school. The representatives from Demian Pictures were also joined by the owners and operators of the Seven Star School of Performing Arts, a local dance company from Brewster. "
sheri February 21, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Sure they were.
sheri February 21, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Right. Now they are moving into the school? Funny. With the asbestos?
sheri February 21, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Right. Westchester Burger in Putnam. No one wants an overpriced $17 burger except for you Bronx newbies.
babypotato February 22, 2013 at 12:30 AM
thats an odd generalization
Idilcia February 22, 2013 at 07:20 PM
World Gym Is one of the best Gym in the area, supper supper clean,lot of exercise equipments, parking, plus it is open 24 hour. Less than a minute from your house. Sure it doesn't have a swimming pool, but who need a swimming pool when we have Wing over Water, tonetta lake, etc. Many people can not afford $120 gym membership, especially in this economy.
Idilcia February 22, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Idilcia February 22, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I got it! A casino with a TACO BELL. Yes?
Ashley Tarr (Editor) February 24, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Here's what Mike Santos, the moderator for the Brewster10509 Yahoo group, said in a mass email: "I see no real solution for the property as it stands [translated: it's a knock-down]. The septic and parking are both inadequate for the size of the building, which itself has little architectural or historic value [not to be confused with sentimental value]. Such a large structure probably comes with large taxes, and probably requires significant sums to operate HVAC, light, keep clean and maintain. Whatever business opens there needs to generate large amounts of high-markup sales to meet the 'nut.' I doubt bookstores and health clubs generate enough markup to pay the monthly tab there."
Jennifer Maher March 01, 2013 at 12:17 PM
I am the listing agent for the building. I also sold it to the current owner. I was present for all the testing done prior to the purchase. I can attest to the quality construction of the building.The owner is in the process of converting to natural gas which will make the building much more energy efficient.Parking will not be an issue as we have some solutions in the works.I work feverishly to bring quality commerce to our county and this building is exciting with all the possibilities! I want to see something the community would support and benefit from and love the ideas put forth in this thread! Please feel free to contact me directly as well. Jennifer Maher Director/ Associate Broker J.Philip Real Estate Vice President Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors Chair Woman of the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce 914-330-7222 Jenn@jennifermaher.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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