Vacancies: What Should Become of Old Sports Dome Lot?

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  of this column received a couple of great suggestions, as did our subsequent posts. Now, we're hoping you'll weigh in on the vacant lot that sits on the east side of Route 22, across from the Lakeview Shopping Center.

The space was once home to a sports dome. The footprint of the facility still sits in the large, open parcel, which is part blacktop and part field. It's been empty for years.

So, we want to know: In an ideal world, what would you like to see happen to the space? Put a new establishment there? Leave it empty? Or something completely different?

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 July 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM
great idea.
lillian philbin July 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Trish July 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Everything gets defeated in southeast .....the real survey should be why can't southeast allow anything to pass and actually get completed! Sorry but as much as some objections are within reason, many seem very closed minded. Route 22 and Route 312 corridors are not wrong locations for commercial growth. Yes we are considered "a bedroom community" a tag that started in the 50's and 60's when young families from the city starting moving up however, our community has grown in the years we are no longer a lake community from the 60's we need entertainment for our children and the parents. II think rather than voting everything down we should work together to bring the right projects in such as a community center, small shops, restaurants (non fast food) yes a hotel ( all of these offer jobs too for our teenagers as well as adults in the community). I agree that certain plans may seem too big but rather than a definite NO why can't there be compromise.
Joseph Harrison August 02, 2012 at 07:22 PM
ATV Trails
Joseph Harrison August 02, 2012 at 07:23 PM
ATV Trails. Ya gotta sneak around just to ride in Putnam County. Depressing


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