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What Would You Put in the Root Building?

The Westfield planning board has approved plans for a two-story residential and retail building.

What Would You Put in the Root Building?

Plans for a that will include ground-level retail space as well as seven apartments above the storefronts was approved at last week's meeting of the Westfield Planning Board.

The property, formerly home to  and five other businesses that were destroyed in a  in late January, has been owned by William Root since the late 1960s and the building will bear his name. 

The proposed building could allow for six retail shops or one large space depending on the needs of interested business owners. Sherry Cronin, executive director of the , explained that the minutes from the planning board meeting need to be approved and the appeal period –typically 45 days—needs to expire "before they can pull building permits to get started." That said, it's never too early to start thinking about what you'd like to see come to town. 

So, Patch wants to know, what businesses would you most like to see fill up the space on South Avenue West and Westfield Avenue? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments! 

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