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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. 

CK July 07, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Indoor shooting range... before that radical, socialist, non-American, Chicago gangster Obama uses his cadre of activist judges to trounce the 2nd amendment (like he plans for all the amendments) by executive order and makes the churches fund abortion clinics while raising our taxes to new heights using sharia law.
Denise L July 07, 2012 at 04:45 AM
A YMCA sorta place for teenagers...or a roller rink...or a decent Dance club would be nice.
Joseph Harrison July 07, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Please screen the inappropriate, angry people who are mad at obama and everybody else from posting here. Why is this getting through the editor.
CK July 07, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Mr. Harrison makes a good point; with all the angst generated by talk radio, how about an anger management treatment retreat or day spa?
Frank Rizzo July 07, 2012 at 11:15 AM
An indoor shooting range would be great!
lillian philbin July 07, 2012 at 11:46 AM
A proper site for a theater and arts group.
Michael Counihan July 07, 2012 at 12:24 PM
A crafts work shop.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) July 07, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Thanks for commenting, everyone. Please stay on topic and abide by the Terms of Use (http://southeast.patch.com/terms). I bet an indoor shooting range would draw people from much of the surrounding area. Anyone know where the closest one is for folks in Brewster/Southeast? Lillian, I like your idea, too. Can you be a little more specific about what you're envisioning? Studio Around the Corner came to mind when I read your post, but maybe you mean a space geared at performances?
Cee See July 07, 2012 at 12:40 PM
The community would benefit by having a community pool/ice arena/skating rink/water park-a place where young and old would enjoy. This could bring interest to that area and funding to the town.
Sean July 07, 2012 at 01:47 PM
a lumber yard :-)
Susan Riley July 07, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Nothing should be added until the road is widened. The traffic is terrible and adding a popular business will only make it more difficult to get through.
Thomas Smith July 07, 2012 at 03:39 PM
A Planet Fitness
Steven Kaufman July 07, 2012 at 03:43 PM
First no comments should be removed! Remember the first amendment! I for one love the idea of a indoor shooting range but think thst the building and parking would best be used as a restaurant ( like a cracker barrel or some kind of country kitchen ).
Denise L July 07, 2012 at 03:50 PM
OMG IM I CANT BELIEVE I DIDNT SAY THAT!!!! i ALWAYS COMPLAIN THAT I HAVE A MEMBERSHIP AND THE GYM IS TO FAR TO DRIVE TO EVERYDAY..YES YES YES PLANET FITNESS!!!! Ya know you can go on there web site and submit the site and they go out and look at it..:)
Liam Brennan July 07, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Shooting range is desirable, or perhaps a batting cage-type facility, with practice facilities for golf or other sports activities. But Ms. Riley is correct in that traffic flow is problematic as is, without adding a popular venue.
Denise L July 07, 2012 at 03:52 PM
PLANET FITNESS!!! WE DONT HAVE ONE IN THE AREA AND I HAVE A MEMBERSHIP BUT ITS TOO FAR TO DRIVE EVERYDAY.... :))))
Donna Ficarra July 07, 2012 at 06:24 PM
In Yonkers, there is a new development called, Ridge Hill which has some restaurants as well as some shops, something like this would be great on a smaller scale!
Michele Klatt Shkreli July 07, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Defiantly a recreation center that has indoor activities for children and adults. Brewster doesn't seem to offer much for the community
timetofightback July 07, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I agree with the first Guy! A shooting range would be great and if people educated themselves a little more on all the efforts the left and people like Obama have put forth to shut down shooting ranges in ny they would be appalled!
timetofightback July 07, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Offer the building tax free for 10 years you'll get a tenant in no time!
Tra Kra July 08, 2012 at 01:24 AM
A compost station would be ideal! Brewster residents can drop off household compost matter instead of throwing apple cores, egg shells and coffee grinds, as well as other items in the trash. In return, residents can purchase garden-ready compost for a nominal fee once the compost has matured.
Jon Bates July 08, 2012 at 02:36 AM
If rumors about the Towne Crier in Pawling looking to relocate are true, my vote would be to offer the space to them with incentives that make it work for everybody. It would give Brewster a bit of that much needed cultural element that is a crucial ingredient to attracting outside revenue streams to small towns that have been destroyed by big box stores all across the country.
lillian philbin July 08, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Ashley, yes I did mean performances by a local theater group, young and old, and an arts center encompassing painting, pottery, etc. Thanks for asking me to elaborate.
Linda July 15, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Some kind of rec center for teens/young adults. The kids have no place to go to hang out. I find I have to drive my kids to all the surrounding towns' rec centers as they offer so much more than Brewster. A place where they can play games, sports, watch tv, maybe dance. We don't need any more stores, no one shops in Brewster anyway!
Ashley Tarr (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I like that idea, Lillian. Do you ever go to the Putnam Arts Council? I haven't been there in years, but I'm wondering if there's enough need/want for two establishments like that in the area. Have you heard anything from others?
Ashley Tarr (Editor) 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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