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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