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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?

Teresa K. April 16, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I think a new courthouse would fit in there just fine. plenty of parking, close to campus, has two driveways and a little security booth ( oops is the booth still there?), close to the police station and firestation. ya, I think a courthouse would fit perfect.
Stan April 16, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Since we couldn't get Trader Joe's or Ikea to come to the old Topps Plaza-how about here.
Lindsay April 16, 2012 at 06:58 PM
A parking deck??
Le'ah Keturah-Sarah Krzywkowski April 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM
A sporting goods store? Only suggesting this because there was a poll on what the best sporting goods store in the area is, and I don't think I know of one. The building is right by the university which will draw the university sports crowd as well as Kent residents. Nice display windows, ample parking. Convenient location.
Le'ah Keturah-Sarah Krzywkowski April 17, 2012 at 12:29 AM
That sounds like a pretty good idea actually....
Mary Dander April 17, 2012 at 01:15 AM
How about Swenson's?! We need one closer than Stow-please and thank you!
Le'ah Keturah-Sarah Krzywkowski April 17, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Whoops... Already one at Kent plaza...lol...hmm....Lindsay's idea was the best yet
Erin LaBelle April 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Small experimental middle school (7th and 8th) to train Kent State Education students and diversify education choices in Kent.
Jack Kelly April 17, 2012 at 02:17 PM
IKEA? At that location? SERIOUSLY?! And you won't be getting a Trader Joe's there, either.
Ryan Thomas Tipton April 17, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Craft Brewery and Brewpub.
Old Ben Lucus April 17, 2012 at 06:24 PM
How about a Bog?
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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