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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The former gas station has been abandoned for years, yet the property sits on one of the town's busiest corners; South Main Street and Higgins Road.
The 1970s era architecture was modern beyond its years, local experts say, with the structure built into an earthen berm which provides natural heating and cooling.
Just steps from Bartlem Park and the Farmington Canal trail, could the location be a new take-out lunch cafe, a bicycle rental store or a kite shop?
Tell us in the comments below what you think would make a great addition to this busy corner spot.
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