Visions for Vacancy: What Should Go Here?

It used to be a gas station on Church Hill Road, but the property has been sitting vacant for a while.


This former gas station sits at the corner of Church Hill and Edmond roads. The building is boarded up and graffiti is scrawled on it. A sign still seeks a new tenant.

Of course local zoning will play a major role in what happens to this property, but if zoning didn't matter, what would you like to see here? Let us know in the Comments.

Who knows, maybe one great idea will inspire the property owner.


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Carol Ackerman October 15, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Doesn't the bottom of the sign say "leased". Shouldn't we be asking the question of what business has leased it and what is the delay? Perhaps the proposed realignment of the nearby intersections has something to do with the delay.
Barbara Yarbrough October 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM
I also thought part of this property was slated to be used for the redesign of the intersections of Edmond and Commerce roads. Shouldn't the question be addressed to the State highway department since Church Hill Road is under their jurisdiction? And how long it is going to take before that traffic problem on Church Hill is fixed?
Alex Tytler October 15, 2012 at 11:36 AM
It's not the only one. The town and state are full of for lease and for sale signs, and not much is moving. What should go there? A bulldozed vacant lot.
John Munro October 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Perhaps Governor Malloy could set up a Government cheese distribution center?!?!
Maggie Moller October 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM
I would love to see an IHOP come to Newtown.
Dawne Kornhaas October 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Trader Joe's, Office Max or Staple's.
brenda October 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Perfect for Trader Joes
Island Girl October 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM
The Bee had a recent article addressing this exact issue. I believe it is part of the realignment of the intersection.
Alex Tytler October 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Payday loan office?
Lou Reda October 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM
The property is to become a convenience store with gas pumps built and operated by the same firm that owns the Citgo currently on Church Hill. The developer spent months working with the Land Use department to allow for a re-design of where Edmond Road intersects Church Hill, as the State intents to have that occur at the light on Commerce Road. The owner of the Mobil station retained Attorney Robt. Hall who has filed suit to prevent the project. That is where it stands today. Once again the guy who created our original zoning rules is now retained to challenge the authority he worked with to create it! Only in America!
Lisa Mason October 15, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I think we are need of convenience stores to save time driving around on the highway. Staples or a book store.
suasn October 15, 2012 at 02:43 PM
A drive thru dunkin donuts.
Bob Attanasio October 15, 2012 at 03:02 PM
They loan candy bars?
Tommy Wyatt October 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM
How about a beach?!
VERITAS October 16, 2012 at 12:28 AM
How about a Chipotle's
John N Cortese October 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM
A bank - it will never be vacant again -
Miss October 17, 2012 at 04:10 AM
I like the Ihop idea!!! How about a Sonic?


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