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What Should Go Here? Fill the Armory Building Vacancy

This empty retail location is at the village's busiest corner, Oakland and Capitol. What kind of business should go here?

While development booms on Oakland Avenue north of Capitol, a prime location at the intersection of the village's two main roads has been vacant for a time.

It's known as the Armory Building, according to Karen de Hartog of the Shorewood Historical Society, because a National Guard Armory once sat on that spot. Built around the 1930s or 1940s, she said, the building has been a drug store, a restaurant, a sandwich shop and Actea Works, among others.

What do you think belongs here? Have some vision for this vacancy at an extremely visible intersection, and share your thoughts in the comments section.

James R Hoffa November 30, 2012 at 08:13 PM
@CowDung - That's a brilliant idea - a co-op bookstore funded with public monies and managed by a local! Although, Hoffa is pretty sure that he has heard this one before...
James R Hoffa November 30, 2012 at 08:15 PM
How about a Sandy Pasch constituent services office!
James R Hoffa November 30, 2012 at 08:17 PM
What the hell is an ice shop?
James R Hoffa November 30, 2012 at 08:20 PM
@David - "they have much more important things to do like giving away business grants which have not proven to be a panacea for residential taxpayers, as they continually contend it is intended to be." Blasphemy! Don't you remember that successful co-op book store that was operated by a Patch commentator that received one of those grants? Oh wait, never mind :-)

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