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Vacant Spaces: What Should This Building Be?

An occasional feature - as vacant spaces surface - asking what the community would like to see open in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.

Vacant commercial buildings - a sign of the times. Instead of waiting for a proposal to pop at a zoning meeting to find out the use, Patch is getting proactive and engaging our communities around these properties.

When an interesting property surfaces, we're asking residents what they would like to see there - a coffee shop, movie theater, pizza joint, bank, or something really different?

From there, we take the community feedback to the property owner and/or town officials to see what they think, perhaps picking up some interesting history along the way. 

First we visited , a site that generated plenty of interesting feedback. Now let's visit the biggest of the many vacant storefronts on Broadway:

45 N. Broadway

Our second building up for lease, and debate, is the former Tarrytown Gourmet space on North Broadway, an expansive open floorplan with over 11,000 square feet (the total of two floors available) and the use of the large back parking lot.

We’ve already heard a few requests for a Trader Joe’s. What would you like to see open up here? Far-fetched or realistic, we'd love to hear your opinions. Then we'll see where they lead us.

Burt November 11, 2011 at 12:37 PM
The only businesses that can afford the rent in a place like this would be a regional or national chain with deep pockets and in this economic environment, I doubt it would be a worthwhile investment. The operating cost, mainly energy and real-state taxes, are out of control. It would be great if CVS expanded into the space and make a smaller, more affordable, rental space with the remaining portion. However, I hear CVS is moving to the current Stop & Shop when they move to Route 119 . In an ideal world, it would be taken down, along with the present CVS,when they move out, and made into the multi-level parking lot we always dreamed of for this parking lot. Leave the basement for covered parking and the present floor space for outdoor parking. The land slopes quite a bit for this design. If you have been in Pay-Half (if it's still there) you'll know what I mean. You walk in from the back parking lot to the bottom floor without stairs( I think), and walking in from Broadway to the main level. I did say in a Ideal World!!! Maybe Dream World would be more accurate.....
Christina November 11, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Mrs. Greens, or an Indoor Farmer's/Community Market.
Brian Wisbar November 11, 2011 at 01:44 PM
One word: Hooters.
sarah gillespie November 11, 2011 at 01:47 PM
I would love trader joes but that's not going to happen. But a collection of Christmas pop up stores featuring local artisans a la Grand central Station's winter market would have been nice (way too late now).
Robert Solari November 11, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Maybe the Tarrytown Post Office should take the space. It would double its size and provide a better handicap access for seniors. It would be better place for parking. Also let's not rule out the Village of Sleepy Hollow losing there P.O. that would mean twice the Volume. YOU LIKE THAT IDEA?
Robert Solari November 11, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Then the Village should purchase the existing Post Office and tear it down and create parking.
janet getler November 11, 2011 at 02:11 PM
I have seen very successful, busy farmers market style indoor spaces in Italy, France, Vancouver, BC, and Los Angeles (Grand Central Market), where customers can shop for fresh produce, coffee beans and lattes, smoothies, meats, fish, flowers, cookies, cakes and breads, and meet at the juice bar or soup counter. I have long wished for this sort of place here, but perhaps the rent and mind set in the business community is not right for it in Tarrytown.
ASleepyBoy November 11, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Why would you tear down any buildings along Broadway for parking? There is plenty of room for a multi level parking garage behind these buildings where the existing partking lot is located. I am sure the residents located on N. Washington and Dixon, adjacent to the lot would hate to see have that happen but it seems to be the perfect location for creating additional parking.
waloo52 November 11, 2011 at 02:30 PM
An Internet Cafe with highspeed broadband for internet gaming and video,shopping, gambling, Selling magazines, DVDs and music CDs and computer stuff. Open all night and weekends. A place for village teens.
sarah gillespie November 11, 2011 at 02:33 PM
I love Janet Getler's idea.
Martin Smolin November 11, 2011 at 02:37 PM
The rental for this spot is not mentioned in the article. I understand it is so outrageously high that no one will take it. Another gourmet grocery would be welcomed--like Zeytinia's in Croton.
ASleepyBoy November 11, 2011 at 02:39 PM
The last thing our village teens need is a place to spend MORE time on the computer. Plus, I doubt a place like that would last very long given the high rent....
Burt November 11, 2011 at 02:41 PM
The rent was over 10,000/month 15-20 years ago plus a % of taxes....
Krista Madsen November 11, 2011 at 03:29 PM
I will find out all the facts in a follow-up article, re: rent, owner and all that stuff. For now I just like to see what the freethinking leads to.
Bruce Buckley November 11, 2011 at 06:39 PM
How about an updated version of the old Woolworth's five & dime that used to occupy the current Pay Half space?
Louise Stephens November 11, 2011 at 09:19 PM
I would love to see an indoor farmers market... maybe one that would set aside bit of space for cooking demos and classes- where our local restaurants can show off their skills and promote local biz!
Barbara November 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM
I love all the fresh market ideas ! I used to want a toystore, when my kids were little. So many birthday parties ! Now I would love a Homegoods, although it's probably safer for me to have to have go to Greenburgh (I spend less that way). Lastly,an A.C. Moore would be great !
Janice Landrum November 12, 2011 at 03:13 PM
I love this idea, too. Cleveland has an indoor market like this -- PACKED with business when I visited!
nanc November 13, 2011 at 03:21 PM
An AC Moore, Gap, Trader Joes or Whole Foods
Steph November 14, 2011 at 09:32 PM
I thought CVS was going to open where Stop and Shop is when they move out but I thought they were also going to keep the current location open?
Sleepyrules November 16, 2011 at 05:45 AM
How about an welcoming center for Illegals from South America?

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