Saturday, April 14, 2007
143 Main Street
This is a perfect example of what I was talking about yesterday. Who wouldn't want to live over a variety store on Main Street? You could step out your door in the morning, stop and get a cup of coffee and a newspaper, walk to work or to the train station or catch a bus, walk to the Palace Theater (if it were open), walk to a number of good to excellent restaurants, walk to the grocery store and the laundromat and the library...well, you get my drift.
Sure, I recognize that not everyone is a natural-born city dweller. A lot of you left The City and Long Island to get away from exactly this kind of lifestyle. But rest assured that there are plenty of people who would be very happy indeed to live in a reasonably priced apartment in downtown Danbury. After all, what is the vacancy rate of apartments right now? I haven't found any figures, but I'll bet it's not very high. I'll bet it's not as high as the vacancy rate for commercial and office properties.
There is no good reason for the fourth floor of this building to be vacant. (And I'm not too sure about the third floor, either.) What does our city need to do in order to make it feasible for the owner of this building to open up the upper floors to housing?