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Vacancies: What Should Become of Empty Route 22 Building?

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 building on Route 22.

The long, wooden building, which once housed a Dill's Best hardware store, sits on the east side of Route 22, just south of Milltown Road. 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? 

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. 

Ashley Tarr July 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Good ideas, too, Linda! Which rec centers do your kids frequent most?
Jim Goldstein July 18, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Its a no brainer. A REPUBLICAN HEADQUATERS to defeat OBAMA. I dont hate him I just know that he is bad for America.
Elmb August 08, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I agree about Planet Fitness. The area needs an affordable fitness center that is also close by. This could help generate tax revenue.
Exlege Jones September 14, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Yeah Larry, because the Republicans are just so full of great ideas that are good for America. Great ideas like, invading other countries under false pretenses, no wait, . . lowering taxes on the wealthiest Americans . . no wait , . . . give me a minute . . . Obama is certainly not great, but the Repubs are even worse. A sad state for our country.
Eric Cyprus September 14, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I love the Rec center ideas, but remember we tried that and the residents voted it down.

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