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?
This week we take to Southington's main commercial sector to the site of a former automobile service center at 86 Queen St. The location now lies baron, a shell of a building and empty sign the only remains of the former Jiffy Lube.
Next door, still thrives with customers and down the road there is constant activity at the Mad Hatter service center. Maybe another auto service is the right choice, maybe not.
What do you think? Should the building remain or is it time to tear it on down and start all over?
To this point, we have asked you to find the best fit for existing buildings not likely to change. It's time to get creative with an area where anything is possible. Give it your best shot.
We want to know the best way to make that business thrive again. How would you propose to fill the vacant spot? Your thoughts could make a difference, so share your input now!