Let's call this a modern spin on community planning - Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.
Each week we'll present a new vacant building 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 people most to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?
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Today we are going big. I mean really, really big. We are talking about 150,000 square feet of space and then some at the site of the former insurance giant office park on West Street.
Executive Boulevard was once bustling with cars and traffic as the home to The Hartford. That all changed as part of a company condensation effort in 2011.
Now what once housed thousands of employees in the land just north of and stores is nothing more than a series of vacant lots and empty buildings.
With , the town could soon see significant changes up and down the corridor. But today we are asking you to take the initiative to begin that change and determine the best way to fill the vacant space.
It's time to think outside the box, the buns and the liquor stores and put a creative idea out there. You've got them and we want to hear them. The choice is now up to you. Put on your thinking caps people, it's time to voice your opinion and tell us - what would you put in this space?
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