Do You Have a Neighbor for the Stores on the Turnpike?

There's an open spot along the Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. What would you put in there to fill it?

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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This week we traveled to 1460 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Plantsville to a spot open at the end of a plaza sitting between Route 10 and Clark Street.

It's a quiet little area, but the plaza gets a lot of activity these days in serving as the home of the home repair and renovation specialist and the popular local salon business, .

Clearly the space is designed more for a limited capacity and not designed for a liquor store type capacity (we apologize to our friends who have been seeing liquor stores at our "Visions for Vacancies" locations over the past couple months), so we need to think a little differently with this one.

Would a card and sports memorabilia store be a good fit? Would you like to see a coffee shop to accompany the salon? Is there something else you believe would be a good fit for the plaza?

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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Shannon DePodesta June 08, 2012 at 06:26 PM
It would be great to have a PANERA!!! A place to have breakfast , lunch of dinner! Chat with friends & family over a coffee :) a place one doesn't have to drive to QUEEN street to enjoy on that side of TOWN!!


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