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Vacancies: Route 22 Building

Put aside all the regulations, restrictions and rules—we're asking you what type of establishment would make the most sense in this space.

Let's call this a modern spin on community planning; a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

We present a vacant space or property 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 most people to sleep. What would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

Our inaugural installment of this column received a couple of great suggestions, as did our subsequent posts. Now, we're hoping you'll weigh in on the vacant building that sits on Route 22, between Citgo and Euro Fence. It once housed Prudential Serls Prime Properties, but it's been empty for at least eight months.

So, what do you think should become of the building? Should it remain as office space? Would it be a good spot for some sort of retail shop? If so, what kind? Or maybe you're thinking something else entirely.

Please leave your answer in the comments section below. Thanks for participating!

About this column: In highlighting vacant buildings in Southeast and Brewster, we aim to help residents take a proactive role in planning and building their community. We'll run this column every other Friday and, when appropriate, take your feedback to public officials and property owners, to inform their decisions about future uses. Know of a vacant building we should highlight? Email Ashley.Tarr@patch.com. 

timetofightback September 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM
We need to introduce competition into the school system by means of tax vouchers. Ex. If you send your kid to a school other than the public school in your town, you get the portion of your taxes allocated to school tax sent to that other school. This will lower the cost of schooling our kids by 50% and therefor cut taxes, which in turn will lower rents and make NY more business friendly and properties like this won't stay vacant like they are.
Beth F. September 29, 2012 at 01:36 PM
It's a terrible spot for any business due to traffic flow. It would be however a great opportunity for the Ski Haus to buy it and use it for demonstrations and more parking and a great spot for their annual buy and swap.
bob cullen September 30, 2012 at 10:59 PM
George, If Ihop was allowed to have a free standing sign on Rt 22, that means all the other stores in the complax would be allowed to have their own free standing signage. That would be a lot of signs on Rt 22. Southeast's sign code is a lot less restrictive then many other communities. The town is having a public hearing this thu night on a modified sign code. Feel free to come and listen, or share your thoughts.
Mario A. Zeoli October 01, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Hey Larry. Great Idea! But, I doubt this will ever Happen. It will be something New & Different! And I Bet It Will Do Very Well. Me personally, I would like to see an Elegant Bar, Restaurant, Night Club with a strick Dress Code, 25+ age requirement, and nice size Dance Floor. Tired of All of Us Driving To Ct. Or Mt. Kisco to go out Dancing. Brewster!!! Are You Getting This???
Ashley Tarr October 01, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Great suggestions, everyone! Beth, I agree—it can be tricky turning in and out of there. I had a hard time when I grabbed this photo. Anyone else on board with Larry and Mario's suggestions?

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