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What Would Succeed at the old DuBois Book Store Property?

Patch's 'Visions for Vacancies' asks for your input on empty commercial storefronts

A large, prime piece of real estate remains vacant between downtown Kent and the campus since in June 2011.

In a candid , landowner Howard DuBois said he was interested in redeveloping the property either through a partnership with a developer or by selling the land outright.

It's been almost a year since the book store closed, and the land remains vacant.

Cleveland developer Fairmount Properties – you may recognize the name, as they're partnering with the city on the downtown redevelopment work — indicated in October from DuBois, but the property remains under his sole ownership.

Patch wants to know what kind of business, organization or facility you think would make a good fit for the former book store property. What do you think would find success there?

John Williams April 17, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Tear down the existing building and build dense upscale town homes for professors and professionals that want to live near downtown and the university
Old Ben Lucus April 17, 2012 at 07:14 PM
A Bog would be sustainable in conformance with city goals. I hear a guy named Grant who lives in a back room at City Hall will pay for it all. It could be named the “Lefton/Ruller Waste Water Sustainability Bog” in honor of all taxpayer dollars poured into the debt swampland of Kent economic development these two have created.
Matt Fredmonsky April 17, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I like Ryan and John's ideas.
Laurel Myers Hurst April 17, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Yep, complete with window flower boxes and music piped into the lanes...
Jodie April 18, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Student parking deck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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