Empty storefronts and unused commercial spaces are eyesores, but an empty storefront can also be an opportunity; they allow new, exciting, desired businesses to move into neighborhoods.
With "Vacancy Visions," we feature an empty space somewhere in the city and ask one question: If you were king or queen of Somerville, what would you put there?
Today's vacancy vision: the old Star Market in Winter Hill
It's huge and empty and can get people riled up. The vacant Star Market building in Winter Hill is a bit like Somerville's version of the old Filene's building in Downtown Crossing. It's not quite a hole in the ground, but that said, some might welcome a hole in the ground as a sign of progress.
The super market closed in 2007, and Ocean State Job Lot eyed the site in 2010.
What do you want there?
If you were king or queen of Somerville, what would you put in that space?
Some would like a Trader Joe's or something similar.
A store where Somerville artists and artisans could sell their creations.
A West Marine.