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What Should Replace the Former Tire Shop in Shrub Oak?

The building has become an eyesore to the community ever since it was abandoned three years ago.

The building, which once housed Under Care, a tire shop at 1378 East Main Street in Shrub Oak, has been abandoned for three years. It is boarded up with plywood, there is graffiti on the walls and glass windows have been shattered. 

"This building is an eyesore and it's not fair to the people in that community that work hard to maintain their houses to have this representing their town," Shrub Oak resident Angelo Frangella said at a recent Yorktown town board meeting.

The abandoned building is located in the A&P Shopping Center in Shrub Oak, across the street from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. 

"This always becomes a problem as to how much the town can do in terms of directing private property owners to do something with their property, especially when it comes to appearances," Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace said.

The best thing the town can do is to give the business owner an incentive to redevelop the property, Grace said. 

"So long as the structure is safe and not deemed unsafe, then there’s nothing more that we can do," he said.

What do you think would be a good fit for the area? What should fill the empty space? What would be the best solution for this abandoned building?

It doesn't have to make business sense, but if it was your decision what kind of store would you like to see open shop at the now empty grocery store space?

Let us know in the comments section below.

This is your chance to design your Yorktown business district. We ask you, our readers, to weigh-in on what you would like to see fill the the vacant property shown here.

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Walt Daniels December 12, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Without major reconstruction, the building is not suited to much other than an auto repair facility. From a business point of view it needs to either be much better than other local repair shops or significantly cheaper. Not knowing the circumstances of the closure, it is hard to guess about the prospects. Sometimes businesses close just because the owner is tired of running it, but usually egged on by declining business.
Anthony Moreno December 12, 2012 at 02:28 PM
It would be a fantastic spot for an open air hookah bar, with wood burning pizza stove and a few rustic brews. Great space for live music and plenty of parking.
Kathleen December 12, 2012 at 02:30 PM
How about a Trader Joe's? Or Crumbs? Or, building on an idea above, a place that provides pre-prepared meals made from fresh ingredients at reasonable cost that you can either order online or walk in and grab something from the case.
BK December 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Starbucks!!
Sue December 12, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Trader Joes or Olive Garden!!
Noreen Parrell December 12, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I agree - an affordable eating place for the seniors in Wynwood Oaks-they can walk there!
Howard Frank December 12, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Blighted Conditions - Its the fault of the Town of Yorktown for not having a proper code enforcement law on the books . One sheet of ply wood on any building violates the approved site plan. To make matters worse with out any hearing the Town Board gave away through the Tax Assesor $ 100,000. reduction of property valuation. This is why the land owners known as 1335 E. Main St. Partners Will deduct the loss from there Partner Ship. Which includes the income from the A&P and the Bank building and other stores that are part of this site. And the taxpayers are screwed in the end!
Buzz351 December 12, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I've been giving this much thought. Yorktown desperately needs a nail salon and a place to go tanning.
Suzanne M December 12, 2012 at 04:41 PM
i would say anything is better than empty-but high rents and town problems keep the small businesses at bay-i would rent it myself if only there were a cash cow
Buzz351 December 12, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Bring back 7 Stars!!! Can I get an AAAAAAmen!!!
Scott Petricig December 12, 2012 at 05:12 PM
How about something beneficial and worthwhile for the kids at the schools across the street to do after the school day ends? I'm not sure exactly what, but if it would help keep kids out of trouble and possibly enrich their lives it may be worth it..
Debbie Lackowitz December 12, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I like the idea of an affordable place to eat. Yeah a coffee shop. Starbucks is okay, but you know what I really like? Good coffee, fresh roasted beans too. But NOT a big corp. Local. With wholesome wraps? Now that's sounding real good....
Jeanne Gilholm December 12, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I wish it was a larger building so it could become a Red Lobster. We have no really good seafood restaurants in the area (that I know of). A good coffee/sandwich shop with reasonable prices would be really great for everyone, especially the folks at Wynwood.
Maria Hughes December 12, 2012 at 09:23 PM
A restaurant for seniors from Wynwood Oaks to walk to? Really? Not such a great idea as there are NO sidewalks along that stretch of busy road. How about Trader Joe's? Anything is better than seeing that run down, boarded up, grafitti laden building in the beautiful little hamlet of Shrub Oak!
Evan Bray December 12, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Too bad Yorktown is blowing its load on 18 acres of commercial land to bend the law and bring in a Costco. You could have all of the suggestions above plus a whole foods and a trader joes and a skating rink and rock climbing gym. There are two problems with the vacant garage: 1) it's privately owned and we have no say it what is done with it and 2) Yorktown refuses to enforce the code so we can't even pressure them with violations and fines to maintain the property. YT let my neighbor illegally convert two homes and just continues to turn a blind eye even after years of written formal complaints. Very depressing.
Susan Troop December 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM
...and a pizza place. Don't forget a pizza place!
andy December 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I didn't realize that Trader Joes and Whole food inquired about that property. where did you here this? The property would also need many more large chains to be sustainable. Mom and pop shops would not carry the property
Ros Kliban December 13, 2012 at 06:43 PM
A non-corporate coffe house would be really nice. So would a Trader Joe's.
Bob Cupples December 14, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Trader Joe's is an excellent idea!!
Bob Cupples December 14, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Trader Joe's!! - excellent idea!
Bob Cupples December 14, 2012 at 02:17 PM
There already exists three eating places within 100 yards of each other right there - JV bagels (breakfast, lunch), Francesca's restaurant, and another Italian restaurant (next to JV bagels) ...
Bob Cupples December 14, 2012 at 02:21 PM
There already is a nail salon right there ("Cozy Nail Salon") ... and, with a high school (Lakeland) across the street, the last thing we need is a tanning parlor to entice the teenage students towards skin cancer. Plus, there already is a tanning parlor a mile away (Main Street in Mohegan Lake).
Bob Cupples December 14, 2012 at 02:26 PM
A Trader Joe's would provide after-school & weekend employment - in a positive & healthy environment!
Bob Cupples December 14, 2012 at 02:29 PM
That already exists - 50 yards away: JV Bagels - where they make excellent coffee (and eggs & bacon & bagels, etc., etc. ... and it is "NOT a big corp."
Bob Cupples December 14, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Again, That already exists - 50 yards away: JV Bagels - where they make excellent coffee (and eggs & bacon & bagels, sandwiches, etc., etc. ...
Bob Cupples December 14, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Trader Joe's is an excellent idea! FYI ... there are sidewalks across the street ... that run in front of Lakeland HS & Seaton Grade school.... also there are sidewalks on the same side as Wynwood Oaks - that take you right into the shopping center (where the building is).
Bob Cupples December 14, 2012 at 02:39 PM
The size (including the (already existing parking lot) is already perfect for a Trader Joe's ... and a Whole Foods or a "Mrs. Greens" (health food/products store) would also be great ideas!
Bob Cupples December 14, 2012 at 02:45 PM
There already exists three eating places within 100 yards of each other right there - JV bagels (breakfast, lunch), Francesca's restaurant, and another Italian restaurant (next to JV bagels) ... no need to have another "Seven Stars" that died from poor business (& literally became a funeral home ... where, finally, people are "dying to get in")...
Scott Petricig December 14, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Sorry Mr. Cupples but I have to believe Buzz351 was being sarcastic :)
matthew p hansen February 05, 2013 at 08:11 AM
i myself have wanted this location to open up my business i have a passion of race car fabrication and building more powerful cars but the price the owner wants if flat OUTRAGEOUS tear it down

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