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What Should Occupy Cedar Grove Plaza?

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

A storefront is vacant in the same plaza where, coincidentally, the new Buy Rite Liquors has its grand opening today.

The 1,860 square-foot property, located at 406 Pompton Ave. in Cedar Grove, has sat vacant in the two-year-old Cedar Grove Plaza since it was built in 2010.

With the Oasis Spa, Bottega Salon and Younique Yoga, the Cedar Grove Plaza is a prime location for any new business to move into to add some more spa treatment or just some convenience to the town. 

Even with Buy Rite Liquors opening in the largest storefront, building manger Punam Bhargava said there are no businesses currently planning to move in. 

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 Essex County Associate Regional Editor Jack Durschlag

About this column: Patch wants your help deciding what to do with vacant buildings around town. What's your ideal business to take over a vacant building. Let us know.

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