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Visions for Vacancies: What Business Belongs Across the Street from Mario's Pizza House?

In this new column, Patch wants your ideas for developing vacant spaces in Arlington.

It's a modern spin on community planning—Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

Each week we'll present a new vacant building or an empty lot and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use for it.

We're calling it Visions for Vacancies.

Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules and all the other zoning jargon. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

Last week, we asked you all what to do with

"News Hound" commented, "How about something for regular people like a Dunkin Donuts. They have a cafe-style store type which includes comfortable tables and chairs and free wi-fi."

Another reader suggested a Seasons 52, which is grill and wine bar chain of restaurants.

This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a building currently under renovation on the corner of North Kenmore Street and Wilson Boulevard. It is located directly across the street from Mario's Pizza House and Carvel Ice Cream.

The building used to house a video production company. Construction crews are currently on site readying the building for new occupants.

If you had your way, how would you like to see this building used?

Be sure to weigh in with your ideas in the comments section.

brad August 01, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I think this location would be a perfect spot for a butcher shop.
Frances McCoy August 01, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I'd love to have an informal French bistro where friends can meet for small meals, wine, and long conversations. Preferably in the Ballston to Clarendon area. Also, many Arlingtonions love the Seasons 52 at Tysons, hate the drive out there and the long, long line.
Anon August 01, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I think that there should be a ZBurger. Because it's going to be a ZBurger. See: http://www.arlnow.com/2011/03/21/z-burger-coming-to-virginia-square/

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