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Visions for Vacancies: 1551 Summer St.

We examine buildings in the Stamford community not living up to their full potential to see what the community would like to see spring up there.

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Vacant buildings are a problem for a community. Patch wants to know what you think the solution can be.

In our occasional series Visions for Vacancies we’ll look at vacant businesses and buildings in Stamford and surrounding areas to see what our readers want to see move into their community.

Today, we’re looking at 1551 Summer Street, right in the heart of Downtown Stamford. It sits directly next to a stand-alone TD bank, and is just around the corner from Stamford's thriving nightlife scene that stretches along Bedford St.

The building looks to be a former mechanic's shop, with three garage bays and an additional rear bay door, though the rear lot is a tight squeeze and currently all fenced off. There is already a large parking lot available on the grounds as well, a bonus for tight city parking.

Nearby businesses include Dental Care of Stamford, Maternal Fetal Care PC and Casey's Tavern, just down the block on Woodside Street.

What do you think could go in this space? Let us know in the comments section.

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marylee December 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM
empty spaces are good for pop up type shops, such as farmer's markets or craft vendors. for businesses that do not generate enough money to support their own store, it gives them a way to share the rent, like a co-op space
robert harris December 20, 2012 at 01:28 PM
a pocket park
Laura December 20, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I'd like to see a some kind of eatery take that space over. I miss the diner that used to be on Summer Street. It was a great hang-out for the locals plus they had fantastic desserts! No more coffee shops, though....we have plenty of those!
patricia boyd December 25, 2012 at 01:55 AM
A nice affordable gym would be nice, or a social club for women, 50 and over.

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