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Visions for Vacancies: The Cornerstone on the Corner in Rockville

Give us your ideas on the best use for the land.

Vernon Patch loves your input. So, in a column called Visions for Vacancies, we present a vacant building - in this case the ruins of a former building - 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.

Today, we are featuring the jagged foundation that sits at the corner of West Main and West streets, across from the Drive-in Package store.

After Tuesday's Town Council meeting, Deputy Mayor Brian Motola said he has vivid memories of a terrible fire some time ago that left the parcel in the condition it is today.

It is being marketed by a real estate agency.

He did not want to offer a suggestion and spoil the fund for the citizens of Vernon.

So with Motola - and the rest of us here in Vernon - as an audience, present your ideas.

Carrie October 04, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Make affordable housing for disabled and low income ppl . Instead of ppl who live in the area and r disabled and low income living in mold infested apartments spending their ssi ssd to live in conditions that r in most town considered not liveable. I have seen better apartments that r condemed in hft. Sadly so many ppl kno about this and will do nothing . Not even the news reporters , lawyers or others I work with.
Nancy Krupienski October 04, 2012 at 01:22 PM
It would be nice if perhaps a small machine shop type business were able to purchase this property. Is there an existing business in town that could utilize this space to expand? The town already has a large amount of low income housing in this area.
Elliot Whittemore October 04, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I would like to see a Wendy's locate here.
cmmj October 04, 2012 at 03:00 PM
How about get rid of the concrete and plant some trees?
Carrie October 04, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Oh they do is that why ppl are turned away Nancy?
Danno October 04, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Wendy's would be better suited in an area around the Rockville Stop and Shop. I think it would get more exposure in that area. I agree, Vernon needs a Wendy's but location is key!! You not only want locals to frequent the place but you want people passing through town to stop there as well and think you would have more of that in the Rockville Stop and Shop area.
Nancy Krupienski October 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Yes Carrie, unfortunately Vernon cannot accommodate everyone. Affordable housing and complexes such as Florence Mills and Franklin Park are run based on availability and rent is based on income. I know there is a waiting list. Vernon is working hard to build its tax base up with new businesses so that the town can operate financially solvent and continue to provide services to all of the residents. If we don't bring in more of a tax base the burden falls on all of us homeowners. A town has to plan carefully a good mix of business and housing. How would a town function on just affordable housing alone?
Danno October 04, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I beg to differ Carrie. I don't think people are turned away. I found that the Vernon Housing Authority is very helpful, provides great low income housing, and maintains their properties with pride. There is more to the story if someone has been turned away. Their income may be too high, they may have a history of non payment, or may not meet requirements for some other reason.
Danno October 04, 2012 at 05:13 PM
How about a Green Business Incubator? Support- first-time entrepreneurs aiming to solve environmental and social problems in their communities. This can be a resource for locals and fresh green business people to establish them selves. Idea #2, A developer needs to construct a building for office space, then watch the state solicitations by DAS where they are looking for property to lease. Lease the property to the state agency. Guaranteed income for the developer and one less vacant lot in Vernon.
Nancy Krupienski October 04, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I have often thought a satellite office building for CCMC would be great. Although centrally located it is still difficult for some to travel to Hartford to appointments. A building that housed different specialties each day of the week might be a good solution and would bring in traffic from other towns. Perhaps those people would come for an appointment and then stay for lunch or shop in town.
The Truth October 04, 2012 at 06:54 PM
This town does not need any more housing, especially low-income housing. Real estate agent sounds good to me.
jim October 04, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Best idea so far.
Emily October 04, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I'm not sure if Vernon has enough auto parts stores.
Emily October 04, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Wendys was supposed to go into the vacant lot at the bottom of Wilshire RD on Rt 83. It was cleared of all growth and debris, but that was over a year ago now.
Rae Barter October 04, 2012 at 11:48 PM
skate park?
cmmj October 05, 2012 at 02:36 AM
How about nothing! Who ever owns it should be made to clean it up...it looks horrible.
meowkats4 October 08, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I would like to see nothing else built yet, we have too many buildings vacant right now! I want to see businesses open up in some of these vacant already structures! We need a used furniture store/where they refurbish used pieces and sell them, (bad economy) would like to see old furniture restored. People just can't afford to buy NEW!! Craft shop, where people can go learn how to make things!!!!
Danno October 09, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Although this is not the right location, I would love to have Trader Joe's in Vernon. Traveling all the way over to the West Farms Mall area is too far but I make the trip because I love that store. I would recommend that Trader Joe's look into the vacant section in Tri-City Plaza next to Peoples Bank. Its a perfect location for them! On another note, how cool would it be to see a Trader Joe's in a section of a renovated mill that's empty right now? Seems like it would fit their image and clientele.
cmmj October 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I think thats a great idea!

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