Visions for Vacancies: Is there a Green Light for the Greenhouse?

It is sitting in a hot commercial real estate area.

It's the hottest commercial area in town right now.

Tractor Supply recently opened there.

The building next store is being converted into a motorized scooter company

Cumberland Farms recently broke ground on a new store across the street. 

And sitting there available is the the old greenhouse in the commercial plaza on Talcottville Road - Route 83. It is being used for inventory storage right now but a for lease sign is up.

Vernon Patch loves your input. So, in a column called Visions for Vacancies, we present a vacant building - in this case the greenhouse - and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use for it.

Yes, we have zoning regulations, but put all of that aside for now and concentrate on what you would like to see there or what would be the best use for the community.

So what should move in? Tell us in the comments.

meowkats4 January 17, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I like your idea Danno-having the open feeling of being outside even in winter! I post this once before,so I will give it another try and say it again. What about using all these empty standing buildings around town to those that would like to start-up a business, but just can't afford (in this Economy) all the expenses at this time. To allow them to occupy, a location suitable for their type of business to go in Rent FREE for 6 months to get their business started (hopefully make some profit to get them started). This is called POP-UP Businesses!!! Some of these building have been empty for so long! Why NOT?
Danno January 17, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Wow! That is a great idea.
meowkats4 January 17, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Here is my comment back in October and the website of this idea: 9:03 am on Thursday, October 25, 2012 Start up Pop-up Stores: Some cities and towns are offering merchants temporary space at little or no rent to show them the potential of shopping areas they want to revitalize. In downtown New Haven, there is an organized effort to bring in specialty stores and shops in hopes of their locating downtown permanently. http://www.courant.com/business/real-estate/hc-hartford-stackpole-pop-up-20121024,0,2992816.story
DLBD January 17, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Two thoughts: Along the lines of pop ups...there are "networking" or co-locating hubs popping up for folks who work at home. A quasi-office. Or (I'm sure I'll take flak for this) how about a Starbucks??? We all have to leave town for this now. Keep us and the money in town.
Leslie Greene January 18, 2013 at 12:34 AM
As a greenhouse, unfortunately, it's only good during the winter for plants that like indirect light - the south is blocked by the adjoining building. I would actually love to see a small start-up greenhouse go in. It would be nice to have some lower-priced competition for the Garden Barn. They have great stuff, but it's on the expensive side. I DO LOVE the idea of a restaurant - if they could put a bar and kitchen in the building itself, it would really go - dining under the stars!


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