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. 

babypotato July 27, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I think I remember a rumor a while back about a Walmart .....it's probably got the space there for one
Nikki Brewster July 27, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Southeast Recreation facility that rivals Ridgefield, Ct and Patterson’s. It should have an indoor pool, multiple indoor courts, fitness (weights & cardio) equipment, rooms to conduct adult and senior programs, outdoor fields for “in-season” sports, and trails of exploring and promoting the “outdoors” and playground. SE should utilize their eminent domain power (yes, I know the short & long term ramifications), and propose a bond to build it. Wait, I’m pipe dreaming too much and I realize that everyone wants nice things, but is unwilling to pay (taxes) for them.
Joe Beahm July 27, 2012 at 04:56 PM
An outdoor concert venue, similar to the Ives Center, would be fantastic. It is the perfect spot, right along route 22 and would bring together the community as well as bring in revenue to local businesses in Southeast
Jack D July 27, 2012 at 09:31 PM
That's a Great idea!! Maybe even make it a sort of drive in theater also?
Ashley Tarr (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Interesting. This is the first I'm hearing of it. What about others? Is there a want/need for a Walmart, or a similar store, in Southeast?
Ashley Tarr (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Thanks for the input, Nikki. Do you use the recreation centers you noted often? What about the facilities in the Town of Southeast? If you had to pick one addition to make locally, of all the ones you mentioned, which do you think is most needed/wanted in the community?
Ashley Tarr (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Drive-in would be great! I don't think there are any very nearby.
Denise L July 28, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Planet fitness!!!!!! PPPUUULLLEEEAAASSSEE!!! we dont have any along Rt22 or in the area!!
MSS July 28, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I love the idea of a recreation/community activity facility. Southeast is really lacking in this area, although we have some great individual programs. My son (as well as other Brewster middle/high schoolers) has participated in many of the activities at the Patterson Rec...would be great to have our own.
Christina P. Martinez July 28, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I also like the idea of recreation/community acticity facility. I put my son in the Patterson Summer Camp since there were none in Southeast. It would be nice to have our own!!
ennyl ekrub July 28, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Get Nate Robinson to extend his drillz and skillz for the kids contract and we can have gun show or maybe bowling on site.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Thanks for weighing in, everyone. Here's what Southeast councilman Bob Cullen said about this post: "This is privately-owned property. I believe the owner has a project in the works for this soon ... There was a bond vote in 2007 asking residents if they wanted a rec center with a indoor pool on independence way. It was defeated soundly."
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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