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Visions for Vacancies: Bringing Business to New Britain Avenue

The location, in a plaza just east of McDonalds, is a prime one for high traffic and is ready to go. How would you fill it?

Credit: Jason Vallee.
Credit: Jason Vallee.
There's an opening available for interested businesses along New Britain Road in Berlin. If you could see anything come to the location, what would it be?

Let's call this a modern spin on community planning - Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

Each week we'll present a new vacant building and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules and all the other zoning jargon that puts people most to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

What store is Berlin lacking? Give us your best take.

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Mr. Deeds December 09, 2013 at 01:34 AM
There are so many vacancies because the rents are too high for small businesses to bear. And there are so many houses on the market because the prices are too high for buyers. Why can't businesses and home buyers afford to pay these prices? Because real disposable incomes have been declining while property taxes and other costs have been increasing. When landlords decrease their rents, then one may see businesses opening up, and vacancies declining.
Suzanne Helm December 09, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I have to agree. I also must say the town makes new businesses jump through so many hoops that they just throw in the towel and move north to Newington. This town is going to pot. My kids the other day at school had a sub and in 5th grade watched a freaking Elmo DVD...just like the last year this sub was called in to help out for a teacher. I though things were better in this town...the schools and the businesses....now I am thinking the only thing Berlin has to offer is exorbitant taxes. If it doesn't pertain to sports, the community could care less. Maybe we need more sports related businesses....I would love to see a Christmas Tree Shop, a Loose Leaf Tea Shop or a Once Upon a Child or a Whole Foods Market. The sad thing is that we can ask these sorts of questions until we are blue in the gills and nothing will come of it. Berlin just does NOT promote Berlin or seem to care no matter what great things others have to come our way....Case in point, the Friends of the local library can pay $250 on an author visit and only 9 people show up, sad, heartbreaking and insulting. Starbucks wants in and we say no and it heads to Newington.....I know more than a few residents that have felt this way too and moved to guess where.....NEWINGTON!

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