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Visions for Vacancies: Bank of America

What would you like to see move into the long-vacant spot on the corner of Springfield Ave. and Prospect Street?

 

We know Maplewood Patch readers have strong opinions about what businesses should move into town.

So here's your chance.

In an occasional column, we present a vacant space and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Let's call this a digital spin on community planning -- Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

The Bank of America on the corner of Springfield Avenue and Prospect Street has been vacant since February of 2011, when the company decided it no longer needed a third branch in Maplewood. (The other branches are at Springfield and Jacoby street, near the Irvington border, and at 161 Maplewood Ave. in the heart of Maplewood Village.)

The township has tried to recruit new tenants to the space, but so far to no avail. Mayor Vic DeLuca recently told Patch the lack of dedicated parking is a drawback to the location.

So this is where you come in, Maplewood. What would you like to see in that four acre space? Another bank? A cool restaurant? Offices? An indoor farmers' market?

Or how about what one young resident (and son of former Kari's Cafe owner Kari Capone) suggested back when the closing was announced: a toystore?

Forget any zoning rules and regulations, for now. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

Let us know in comments.

Mary F. Werbaneth April 02, 2013 at 10:38 AM
What about TD bank? There isn't one in the area yet, and we currently have to drive to Union to do our banking. Besides, the space is already set up to be a bank.
Lee Navlen April 02, 2013 at 11:52 AM
condos..
Pete Hauptman April 02, 2013 at 12:10 PM
A TD bank. They are far superior to BOA
Lee Conti Hurley April 02, 2013 at 12:21 PM
West Elm or Starbucks
Claire King April 02, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Would like to see a sit-down free wifi coffee place like Rocky Joe's in Millburn. Love Edos and love Dunkin' but a place to sit and work, read paper, etc. Love HLS but it doesn't have that vibe. Have to change the feel of Springfield Ave. esp. after armed robbery. Moved here becuz of KoKafe and then it was closed when we moved in.
Mapman April 02, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Wells Fargo bank
JPE April 02, 2013 at 02:23 PM
A bank? Boring! Lets leave convenient things in convenient places (like by Whole Foods) and put something cool in the village.
Julie April 02, 2013 at 04:00 PM
A loose tea shop like chains, Argo Tea or David's Tea! There aren't many of them in Jersey and perhaps it would revive this section of Maplewood which seems to have quite a few vacancies (more so further down). Would be nice to have somewhere close to go to for some New Hope-like culture. I had heard a rumor that the property was being sold though--is that not the case?
Jerseys Rants April 03, 2013 at 01:55 AM
A Police Sub Station ...
Mark Chandler April 03, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Hair and nail salon!
Ivone De Oliveira April 03, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Relocate the post office here. Even though it's a financial sinking ship, we still need a post office in town!

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