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, Southington Patch took a ride downtown, stopping in by the soon-to-close at Blockbuster Plaza on Main Street.
Life has been rough for businesses in the plaza in recent years. Blockbuster, the anchor store, is currently amidst a "store closing sale" as the location prepares to sell out. Next door, a lease sign hangs in the papered windows where another business was prior to a fire several years back.
The location has also seen gas leaks in the past year. Needless to say, the location would be a perfect spot for a makeover.
There are some positives, however. Several successful restaurants still fill the plaza. There is a launromat nearby, several gas stations and Spice Bar & Grill has provided some revival along Eden Avenue. There are two salons within walking distance and the location is just a short distance from the downtown business district.
With two stores about to be closed simultaneously, we are putting the future of the lot in your hands. Today we are asking, if you could see anything at that location, what would it be?