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What Should Fill the Vacant Southington Citizen Office?

The office now lies vacant, but with a thriving downtown area, it could be filled soon. What would you like to see there?

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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.

Each week we'll present a new vacant building 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?

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Downtown has thrived in recent years, with numerous restaurants and niche stores finding a home in the area. Business has picked up particularly with added foot traffic at night and on weekends.

But there is an opening in a small, office-sized space at 40 N. Main St. that served as the former home of . The Citizen has since moved to Meriden (see picture above for contact info).

So with a thriving downtown, how would you like to see that space renovated to accomodate a new business? What business would you put in there?

Next door, the YMCA provides a special women's health center and across the way, Cork & Brew has found success. Would you like to see a competing business or something entirely different?

The choice is now up to you. Put on your thinking caps people, it's time to voice your opinion and tell us - what would you put in this space?

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