What Would Fit Well in Former Book Store, Funeral Home

Patch's "Visions for Vacancies" asks for your input on vacant commercial properties

Last an extension of the , the former funeral home on East Main Street across from Kent State University is for sale.

Patch wants to know: what do you think would be a good business for that location?

The empty building at 1005 E. Main St. was formerly owned and operated by Wood Kortwright Funeral Home, which sold the property for $500,000 to DuBois in 2005, according to the Portage County Auditor.

DuBois operated the space as an extension of their book store briefly until the main location closed last summer.

The building has a little more than 6,000 finished square feet and stands on a lot that has a little more than 1 acre and is zoned commercial.

Tell us in the comments what kind of a business or use you think would thrive at the location.

Delbert D. Flowers November 21, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Boy, you sure don't leave anything out, do you!? LOL I totally agree with all the points you were trying to express in your short story, but I was trying to express the idea, that there are too many businesses on the block where Starbuck's is at, and that the necessary people should consider moving the book store to a different location, so that Starbuck's could have all of their original space back, and the old bookstore locatio be demolished. That old funeral home is a beautiful building, just like that house over there behind Starbuck's that KSU foundation had torn down. They should have moved that house, instead of the one they're fighting over now. I absolutely hate the fact, that Kent State University, and it's president, thinks they have a right to just buy up everything in town, and do whatever they want with it, and plaster th KSU logo all over town. Whatever happened to giving another perspective property developer their FAIR share of that industry? Ron Burbick is doing a great thing, but I think all the other developers around are missing out on their chance to have something to do with updating everything else around Kent. I've got a lot of great ideas, andI just hope I get my chance, because I know everybody will appreciate my input.
PXC November 21, 2012 at 03:56 AM
i want the dunkin' donuts to go in exactly where it is planned, exactly as planned. couldn't happen in a better location!
Delbert D. Flowers November 22, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Might as well do what Amanda says, they've already started tearing it apart anyway.
David Reith December 06, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Given the site's history, I would suggest that a place of worship be housed there - church, mosque, temple, synagogue.
Delbert D. Flowers December 06, 2012 at 11:34 PM
There are already too many churches around here, and if I hear another thing about Trader Joe's, I swear I'm gonna flag the comment!! I want everyone to realize, that Starbuck's is always having parking problems, especially every spring semester! So if Campus Book And Supply moves oof and away from the two blocks that span E. Main and S. Lincoln, and E. Main and S. Willow, then the parking problems automatically disappear! It's incredibly difficult, for the PARTA bus, to drop me off at Starbuck's and stay on schedule when they have to wait for everybody in the parking lot, to back out and pull around so they can leave, and make room for the bus to park.


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