Visions For Vacancies: What Should Move to 641 Eagle Rock Ave.?

The West Orange Patch asks: What do you think should be placed at the former Sweet Basil's Cafe?


Here is another installment of Visions for Vacancies!

Let's call this a modern spin on community planning -- Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

In an occasional column, we present a new vacant space and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules, and all the other zoning jargon that puts most people to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

This week, we are asking: What kind of business would you like to see move into 641 Eagle Rock Ave, the former home of Sweet Basil's Cafe?

The building has been vacant since the middle of July. Sweet Basil's Cafe & Grill has since set up a new location at 498 South Livingston Ave., Livingston.

The building is situated at the well traveled intersection of Eagle Rock Avenue and Pleasant Valley Way. There is plenty of parking (free!) available, and the space inside is about the size of a small restaurant.

So what do you think should go there? A frozen yogurt store? A coffeehouse? A nail salon?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below! Know of a vacant space/building we should highlight? Email mike.donofrio@patch.com.

Joel Taylor August 31, 2012 at 11:13 AM
French Bakery!
Jennifer Tunnicliffe August 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM
A juice bar!
Abena Agyeman-Fisher August 31, 2012 at 01:49 PM
A tea house!
Letitia Poon August 31, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Pet grooming & sitting
Joe August 31, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Its going to be a bank. The deal Is done!
Brett Kaiser August 31, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Luxury Condo Rentals
EPK August 31, 2012 at 07:00 PM
A good bakery
T.S. August 31, 2012 at 08:29 PM
badbul September 01, 2012 at 03:01 AM
How about another police sub station, it's getting bad around here.?
Sumi September 01, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Is WO the bank capital of NJ?
Steven b September 01, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Starbucks or nut free bakery
MSS September 02, 2012 at 11:01 PM
An italian bakery with pastries.
Tom September 03, 2012 at 04:54 AM
How about staying out of it all together...or we will have some idiot suggest it be included in the Edison building redevelopment...
Tom G. September 04, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I never liked that location as it's too hard to get in and out of the parking lot, particularly if you're trying to make a left onto Eagle Rock Ave. (which is the direction I'd need to go to get back home)
badbul September 10, 2012 at 02:46 AM
And forget about getting in and out of the lot, think about how your going to park you 17' car in a spot that is only 12' long and only gives you 6" of room on ether side to open the door so you can get out of the car. Very, very tight parking back there... With that said, I say knock it down and expand the parking lot!


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