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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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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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