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What Should Go Here?

A new Patch column solicits reader ideas for filling vacant lots.

It's no secret that downtown Springfield has more than its share of empty storefronts. Patch wants to know what you think is the best way to fill them. 

We're starting with a Morris Ave. storefront whose former tenants didn't move far. 246 Morris Ave. was the home to Chinese food restaurant the Tomato Garden until the owners moved the shop across the road to 239 Morris Ave. The person answering the phone at the current couldn't say when the restaurant moved but the storefront has been vacant since for at least two years. 

What do you think should go in now? Let us know in the comments. When we get enough answers, we'll put it to a vote in a poll. 

Brett Biebelberg February 01, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I would say something that can serve as an anchor for the area, such as a Starbucks, Rock n' Joes, etc. Hopefully the Business Improvement District group will consult with a realtor to attract sustainable business. But like Bart said, the property needs to be maintained -- at this point, redone. If we were only so lucky, a developer would come along, buy out the strips of stores on both sides, and redo the facades. One of the other issues, though, is making the area friendly for people to walk around. Widening the sidewalks and controlling traffic are all things that should ideally be done, but can't necessarily be done by the Township Committee alone. The area as it stands now is in no way conducive to pedestrian traffic.
S.Townn February 01, 2012 at 09:00 PM
A wrecking ball. Maybe some sticks of dynomite. The whole place needs to be leveled and start fresh. Downtown Springfield is a joke.
Jenny February 03, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Whatever biz moves there, they should put a huge arrow where it can be seen saying PARKING BEHIND STORE. Nobody thinks they can get in and out of those stores. Said it before though, Jolly's pizza does good business and has the best pizza in NJ.
Jenny February 03, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I vagely remember there being a comic book shop there? Or was it collectables of some sort?
Kari February 03, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I miss Stanley's. I wish someplace like that would open up in the center of town.

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