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Visions for Vacancies: 20 North Main St.

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 20 North Main Street, just around the corner from Washington Street, in the heart of the Historic SoNo District. The building sits on a beautiful street surrounded by quaint shops and a thriving nightlife scene.

Nearby businesses include the Burger Bar & Bistro, Black Bear Saloon and right across the street from the Famous Pizza House. Palace Digital Studios is also nearby, as is the Norwalk Historic Commission. 20 North Main St. was the former site of the Democratic Campaign Headquarters during election season.

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

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Jona Z December 04, 2012 at 01:53 PM
A place for entertainment for children aged 11-18... Arcade / pizza and icecream float type of place with decent music and a area for parents to hang out and chat on the side lines while the kids have big kid fun.
Jean D. December 04, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Lower taxes so someone can afford to put something in there?
Jaimie Cura (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Two folks weighed in on the Norwalk Patch Facebook page. Kerri Kuran Barker: "When I was growing up in Norwalk, we used to go to Archie's in Westport during middle school. Once that closed, those 11-16 didn't have any place to go to just hang out. I think a place like this is a great idea as long as it's handled correctly. Might keep kids out of trouble - but if poorly managed, it could create more problems then solving them." Elaine Curran: "this sounds like something that could work! Once the kids [get] about 11, there is nothing for them to do, they are too old to go to camp and too young to get jobs (and even at 16, jobs are hard to get!)" www.facebook.com/norwalkpatch
Hunter A December 04, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Until the space is rented, perhaps local artwork could hang inside the windows to brighten up the street front and personalize the space.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Have you guys heard of those pop-up art galleries? Think this might be a good spot for one?
victor melendez December 10, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Love the idea of some sort of temporary art gallery or creative space, making it look good from the outside would hugely help the neighborhood aesthetics

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