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Visions For Vacancies: What Should Fill the Poliner Building?

Now that La Boca Mexican Restaurant has left 520 Main Street in Middletown, what would you like to see the lower level?

 

When recently moved from 520 to 337 Main Street, it left behind a large vacancy at the lower level of the J. Poliner & Sons Building.

Last month, we asked Middletown Patch readers to suggest a perfect replacement for the Tibetan Bazaar which left the Main Street Market.

Setting aside zoning regulations for the sake of this conversation, we'd like your input on what you envision for this spot tucked in between and to the south and the to the north.

Tell us in the comments section below. We'd love to hear and share your thoughts.

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Micki Charton April 20, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I would have to give this some thought, but please...not another pizza place. What would be fun, is possibly and "old-time" type of diner complete with the soda fountains, the old barstools, juke boxes, 60's decor, etc. I think that would be really neat for downtown Middletown.
Margaret Grover April 20, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I would like something other than a bar or eatery. We need more shopping, and I agree that retail shops are a good idea. I have grown up in Middletown and can tell you about a lot of the old stores that moved off Main Street because of the malls. The Downtown Business District website says that we have a romantic main street. What's so romantic about bars and places to eat. We need to bring shopping back to Main Street. I always liked window shopping but there is nothing worth window shopping for. Major retailers such as Sears, JCPenney, Wrubels, Bunce's were the best places to shop on Main Street. What happened to the "good old days"?
newpawta April 20, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I don't know exactly, but it seems to me as a parent of school-age kids that this city/area needs a good sporting goods store with a good inventory and reasonable prices. The closest ones are 10 miles away. I'm all for shopping local and mom-and-pops, but when it's my pocketbook talking, we could really use something like a Sports Authority or Modell's, maybe at the former A&P. A downtown shop would be nice (I understand there WAS one before I moved here), but not sure I could handle the prices a small store would likely need to survive. A small department store as mentioned above sounds nice, too. It's a haul when you just need some socks or something, and then the nearest place IS a big-box discounter.
Micki Charton April 20, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Wish it could be more like Blue Back Square. I like the ideas above including a sports shop. Would also love to see something in the way of a party store that has everything for a party and a gift shop. Lots of ideas!
Kelly Utley July 02, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Would love a Chipolte Mexican Grill. Would also love to see some residential development downtown.

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