Visions for Vacancies in Lexington: 1728 Mass Ave

What would you like to see in the former home of Chestnut Hill Estate Sales.

Welcome to Visions for Vacancies, a Patch feature and a place where you can weigh in with your ideas about what kind of businesses you’d like to see occupying empty storefronts around town.

Each week, we’ll highlight a vacant building, storefront or structure around town. And we’ll leave it you, the Lexington community, to sound off on what you’d like to see there before any plans go before town boards.

This week we’re taking a look at 1728 Mass Ave., the former home of Chestnut Hill Gallery and a vacant storefront in Lexington Center.

The sign on the window advertises retail space for lease. But what would you like to behind those brick and glass walls? The area has several places to grab a bite and assorted retail offerings, but maybe you have an idea of what would compliment existing businesses or fill a void of what’s lacking in Lexington Center.

So, if you had your way—and, for the purpose of this discussion, let’s try not to focus too much on zoning restrictions or —what would be your vision for this vacancy? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Ruth March 23, 2012 at 12:57 AM
How about a shop for nice baby items/gifts?
Ruth March 23, 2012 at 12:58 AM
By the way, Ted mentioned a great idea above: a restaurant to take the kids to where parents could eat and kids could do arts/crafts! I've heard there's something like that in Concord and Cambridge.
Jeff Chung March 23, 2012 at 01:19 PM
We really miss Decelles for reasonable baby gifts and children's clothing,a good ,down to earth breakfast place and the book store that used to be where the consignment shop is going.The reason they are gone is because the rents are too high!We'd love to see a pub. I think we have plenty of banks, realtors,and fingernail places. I'd also like an Anna's!!!!!And a hardware store in the center, but the real problem here is the high rent.If the owner has a vacant space,I believe they just take it off their taxes - so, not much incentive to have more reasonable rates. And thank god for great places like Theater Pharmacy!!!!! And the movie theater!
Joe March 26, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I think the place was called One Meriam. It was very good, I remember eating there many years ago when I worked in Lexington Center.
Joe March 26, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I agree with Ruth, Ted's suggestion is a good one. Does anyone know the name and location of the places that Ruth mentions in Concord or Cambridge?


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