Visions For Vacancies: What Should Move To 49 Claremont Ave.?
The site, in the CVS Plaza, was home to Blockbuster Video.
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.
In an occasional column, we'll present a new vacant space 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?
We launched this new occasional feature several months ago by focusing on the vacant spot at 622 Valley Road in Upper Montclair, the former home of Five Guys Burgers and Fries. (Tuscany, an Italian restaurant, has now opened in this space.)
This week, we're asking what you think should move into the large space at 49 Claremont Ave. in the CVS Plaza.
The site had been home to Blockbuster Video, which announced in March that it would be liquidating its inventory and closing its doors the end of April.
Now a sign says that the space, located right next to Subway, is for lease and that it could even be divided.
So what should go into the space? A restaurant? A retail store? Certainly it should be something that could be enjoyed by those visiting the 24-hour CVS located in the same plaza.
The good news is that the space enjoys high visibility and ample parking.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below! Know of a vacant space/building we should highlight? Email Shelley@patch.com.