It's time to get creative again. Put on your planning hats and help build a vision for Southington.
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?
The ShopRite Plaza is a-bustling again, thanks to the replacement anchor store, but there are still several vacancies. The Bernie's has shut down on the north end and there are two vacancies to the south.
So what should go there?
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Looking around the plaza, there are already multiple restaurants, an iParty, the grocery chain, a CVS and a tire warehourse. So most anything, other than a sexually-oriented business, is probably open game.
There is some history at the 750 Queen St. plaza, which until recently had a difficult time retaining stores. But in recent years, despite the slower economy, things have seemed to turn around for most.
So what's the best fill for the location? A clothing or shoe store of some sort? How about something entirely different?
How would you see the store filled? Tell us today!
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