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Vacancies: What Should Become of Shuttered North Main Street Space?

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 storefront on North Main Street.

Community members say the space, which looks to have once housed a florist, has been empty for well over a year. So, we want to know: In an ideal world, what would you like to see happen to the space? 

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. 

Walter McSpedon June 23, 2012 at 06:21 PM
A Barber Shop, A sattlite Post Office, Shoe repair store, Christian Book Store.
lillian philbin June 23, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Perhaps some sort of children's activity (like karate which may be already nearby) or perhaps Main Street could start housing antique shops and/or thrift shops, which would spread throughout the village with the hope it may become similar to Hudson, NY.
bowler geo June 23, 2012 at 06:38 PM
We have a GREAT Thrift Shop Eagle Eye on Main St Brewster.It benifits PHC. A book/record store, Panninni Bread store, hardware store, auto advanced store
Ashley Tarr (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Great suggestions all around. My personal favorite is a barber shop or an antique shop. I agree that the thrift shop on Main Street is awesome. Would a third hardware store in the area be too much? There's Palmer Brothers on Route 22, and Home Depot off Route 312. But maybe this space would see traffic because both of those stores are far from the Village.
Trish February 15, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Given the location is across from markel park, possibly a ice cream / cafe that also offers coffee, teas, desserts and light meals???

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