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Visions for Vacancies: 115 New Canaan Avenue

We examine buildings in the Norwalk community not living up to their full potential to see what the community would like to see spring up there.

Vacant buildings are a problem for a community. Patch wants to know what you think the solution can be.

In our occasional series Visions for Vacancies we’ll look at vacant businesses and buildings in Norwalk and surrounding areas to see what our readers want to see move into their community.

Today, we’re looking at commercial retail space located at 115 New Canaan Avenue, Suite 10, according to showcase.com. They list the corner space as 1,150-square-feet.

For those potentially interested in leasing, the space is listed by Fred Brown of DVB Commerical Realty, LLC. He can be contacted at 203.855.8050

What do you think could go in this space? Let us know in the comments section.

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Kybrdplyr January 28, 2013 at 04:53 PM
This building has a number of aesthetic and access issues that make visualizing a new use for it difficult. There is a steep slope leading up to the entry way from the parking lot. The adjacent steps are narrow, steep and the rail precarious. The "color spot" or enclosed planting area has potential to be a real eye-opener but, instead, is left weedy. The large cylinder hanging over the entry way as well as the insufficient window size, black on brick frame, makes the entire structure feel hostile. So, what to do? Well, this happens to be an end site with a large brick wall facing, in partial view the street. I would re-surface that wall and put a beguiling and fantastic mural on it. Visual attraction? Done! I would punch out exterior walls to allow in more light and transform the existing window into a much larger in-side view, display window. The door needs more character as well: perhaps a handpainted wooden sign with a bold but slender font proclaiming the name of the store. The cylinder could be made seasonally decorative with a row of varying color and length streamers or narrow colorful, weather resistant panel hung from the top and around its perimeter. Signage for the store must go here. So, from a dismal, all brick, tired looking store, we have a compelling and tempting place for business. But what kind of business? A natural food store or co-op that specializes in local, organic goods with Internet as well as brick and mortar presence?
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Love the insight, thank you for sharing. The mural idea is really neat.

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