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[Visions for Vacancies]: 318 Strawberry Hill Ave.

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 to see what our readers want to see move into their community.

Today, we’re looking at 318 Strawberry Hill Ave., as identified by Google Maps, at the intersection of Westport Ave., on the northeast corner. A large building sits at the rear of a large lot. The property sits catacorner to another recent Visions 4 Vacancies contender.

The value of comparable properties in the area range from $173,000 to the high $300,000's, according to Zillow.com. There are several small businesses and strip-mall shopping centers located along Westport Ave.

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

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dorothy jakab October 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Somewhere in Norwalk, it'd be SOO nice to see a mall or a Macy's! I really really hate that I have to get in the car and support Stamford or Trumbull or Monroe to go shopping..........it's unbeleivable that there isn't one now........
Joe Walker October 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Is the soil there contamiated?
Jeff DeWitt October 22, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Besides the potential cleanup at this former gas station site, the traffic access to the parking lot from Westport Ave or Strawberry Hill is horrible.
Norwalk Thinker October 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM
The entry to Cape Cod has "Cape Cod" displayed in flowers (possible something else / I can't recall). Why not do something similar for Norwalk? Route 1 is full of overhead wires, billboards, and buildings close to the street. Putting a green area on Route 1 would improve the overall feel of the drive along that road.
Norwalk Thinker October 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM
On the opposite corner there is another vacant building. They should tear down that one as well.
zester October 25, 2012 at 02:49 AM
In the meantime a company should open a "Pop-Up Shop". In California they have temporary pop up shops move into vacant buildings until they are sold. It gives the neighborhood better curb appeal until someone buys the building.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 04:46 AM
I've seen pop-up art galleries too - definitely a neat idea!

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