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Update: What Would You Like to See Here?

The building that once housed B&T Tile and Carpet could become nearly anything. Patch wants to hear YOUR ideas!

Montville Patch readers responded with some great ideas when we asked what they'd want to see in this empty building, at 1920 Route 32.

At one time, the building housed B&T Tile and Carpet, which is now next to Montville Hardware.

It's has been empty for a while, in spite of its decent parking and excellent location.

Ideas ranged from a shelter/food kitchen to a craft supply store, an arcade, a Cracker Barrel or Wendy's, to a new home for the Raymond Library.

On the Montville Patch Facebook page, ideas ranged from Red Lobster from Laura Danao to a place to hold parties (Dawn Darrow Penman), to a children's playland (Tawny Priddle Judy) to Dave & Busters (Christine Spear Trasko)a Coyote Ugly bar - in fact, Bob Bedard says he's been talking this idea up for a month!

So what's your idea? What would you like to see here, and why?

Please add your thoughts to the comment box at the bottom of this story!

Corey Sipe November 17, 2011 at 05:27 PM
I think an arcade should open here; it would give the kids a good place to go after school or on the weekends.
Carrie Jacobson November 17, 2011 at 05:43 PM
That's a cool idea, Corey. ... I'd like to see a bookstore/coffee shop... maybe with room for acoustic music?
Jessicah November 17, 2011 at 05:53 PM
something for the kids....would love to have a pool for local residents to use or a roller rink...anything that would be affordable for kids to enjoy
Bob Bedard November 17, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Coyote Ugly Country Music Sports/Dance Bar .
Nancy Tucker November 17, 2011 at 05:57 PM
I think a homeless shelter or soup kitchen would be a nice idea since Montville had neither and does have the need.
Carrie Jacobson November 17, 2011 at 05:59 PM
Wow, these are great ideas, Patchers! Keep 'em coming!
Claire Peck November 17, 2011 at 06:32 PM
A craft store, with a good selection on yarn and craft supplies. Or an old fashion New England Country Store...would attract tourists as well as locals...Love the ones in New Hampshire!
Carrie Jacobson November 17, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Yes! With art supplies! Great idea. Or how about a Trader Joe's?
Lynda J. Jean November 17, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Cracker Barrel easy on and easy off for the exits. Lots of potential for employment for local residents.
Michele Lemieux November 17, 2011 at 11:31 PM
Since I live on Podurgiel Lane, and it already looks like a mini Las Vegas strip mall around here, I think Raymond Hill Library should move there after a new building is erected. THAT would be most beneficial to our kids!
Joyce November 18, 2011 at 01:51 AM
I think a Cracker Barrel would do great out front of the Hyatt Hotel. I think this spot could use a Wendy's.
Michelle DeShong-Cure' November 18, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Some sort of FAST FOOD, i.e. Kentucy Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, or Wendy's. All we have here in Montville is Pizza, pizza, pizza or Chinese Food without having to travel to Norwich or New London.
Corey Sipe November 18, 2011 at 07:35 AM
It's been years since I've been in the Raymond Hill Library. However, last time I was there it was in pretty bad shape.
Corey Sipe November 18, 2011 at 07:36 AM
A Cracker Barrel would be great since the nearest one is in Milford and Windsor (both of which I've been to several times).

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