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 weeks ago by focusing on the now vacant spot at 622 Valley Road in Upper Montclair, the former home of Five Guys Burgers and Fries. (Unfortunately, it's still vacant!)
This week, we're asking what you think should move into the space at 50 Upper Montclair Plaza, where Charlie Brown's Steakhouse, one of the few restaurants that had a liquor license, once stood just a few doors down from and
The space has been vacant since the end of 2010. Since then, Tallmadge Cheese Market in Upper Montclair Plaza also has closed—replaced by the lovely
So what should go into the former Charlie Brown's space? Another steakhouse? Remember the great salad bar Charlie Brown's used to have? And the spacious bar area around the fireplace? The good news is that the plaza is frequently trafficked and enjoys 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.