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Visions for Vacancies: What Business Should Fill Bloomfield Ave. Space?

Patch readers comments and ideas sought for vacant stores and buildings in the township.

Home Sweet Home, owned by Ralph and Janice Cocchi, has been selling affordably priced home décor and accessories in Verona for the past 14 years but recently decided it was time for a change.

The antique shop recently moved a few doors down and doubled its space, leaving 298 Bloomfield Ave. as a vacant space.

The location is right at the corners of Bloomfield Avenue and Malvern Place, with plenty of parking just across the street near 7-Eleven and Anthony Robert Salon and just a short drive from the intersection of Bloomfield and Pompton avenues.

Ralph Cocchi said he does not yet know what he would like to do with the vacant space.

So this is where you come in, Verona and Cedar Grove community. The concept behind this column is we’ll present a vacant building and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use of the vacant space.

Here's the fun part: Forget what zone it’s in. Ignore setback regulations, as well as dump lot coverage rules and all the other zoning jargon that puts most people to sleep.

Our bottom line: If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use of the space for the community?

To make this work, this can’t be a one-sided conversation. We want to hear from you in our comments section. And, please, let us know if there’s a vacant space/building you know of as well we can feature in a future column. 

Send emails about vacant buildings or stores to Verona-Cedar Grove Associate Editor Eric Goodman at eric.goodman@patch.com

Steve February 22, 2013 at 05:54 PM
And there is an application before the Board of Adjustment for more stores and the applicant doesn't even have the slightest idea of what business he would put in there. So the answer is for the Board to deny this application and leave the property in its natural state.
Donna c February 22, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Starbucks , panera, or coffee shop. Maybe a place kids can go for a bday party or ceramic place. Something fun and useful just NOT a salon or bank.
Trish Moore February 23, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Our town is in desperate need of some new and exciting businesses for our families to enjoy. Absolutely not another bank, or nail salon. A great bookstore, a cafe, a make your own pottery place, a coffee shop, we need a great coffee shop! A place where our children can "hang" instead of Subway! Come on lets get with the 21st century Verona. Trish M
Marisa February 24, 2013 at 01:38 PM
I like the idea of having a kids' party place in town. With four kids I'm always looking for party spots. It would also be nice to have a good coffee shop.
Sarah Yauch O'Farrell February 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Chipotle! It seems I am driving teens to the West Caldwell location at least once a week. Other ideas: pet store, coffee/book shop, Trader Joe's, pet store, burger place with FUN family friendly atmosphere, a cooking school, and a craft/party place.

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