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Visions for Vacancies: Cheshire Corner Lot

What business should open on one of town's busiest corners?

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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Suzanne schore May 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM
It would be great if the Bike Trail could link to this lot to create access to Bartlem Park. Any business related to this end such as a refreshment stand or bike rental shop would be fantastic. It would be nice to have a destination connected to the Trail.
liz Forrest May 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Public Art...Outdoor Sculpture
Leslie Hutchison May 15, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Janine Webster Mahan wrote: "Green space! Take down this eyesore! Maybe a garden?"
Leslie Hutchison May 15, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Gina Abbott wrote: "I agree with Janine! That was my first thought - take down the eyesore and leave it green space!"
Marty May 15, 2012 at 04:21 PM
That's a weird location because you can't really see it from the road. Whatever goes in would have to have excellent signage. When the gas station was there I barely noticed it. What would be nice would be a real New York style deli.
Jean McKee May 15, 2012 at 08:58 PM
When the gas station was there, you entered from the side street, not S. Main Street, so that makes it less desirable to a business. And, why does every open space have to be filled with a new structure? There are enough vacant stores, restaurants, etc., so lets make this more pleasant open space. Jean
Kevin Brosnahan May 15, 2012 at 09:39 PM
as a former asst manager of the sunoco station there and just a kid when the blue hippy house with the giant white star was there or about ... turn it into another iconic place, like an underground coffee house.
Leslie Hutchison May 16, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Steven Whinfield wrote: "I remember driving by this in the 70's and thinking what a great idea it was to take the ugliness of a gas station and turn it on its ear. I use to stop an buy gas there for only that reason, but most people would just drive by and not even see it resulting in it going out of business. I just would like to give whom every tried this a thank you. The architect was thinking green even back then. With that said what better idea is there than a farmers market keeping that green idea alive."

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