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.
Each week we'll present a new vacant building 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 people most to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?
We launch this new weekly series by featuring the now vacant building at 1607 Boston Post Road, the former home of Smiles Entertainment Center.
For more than two decades, the building played host to parties and good times through its array of activities, including an arcade, laser tag, mini golf, billiards and boat rides. But on Aug. 9, Smiles announced on its Facebook page that the business was closing.
In an article published two days later in the Milford Bulletin, Milford's Economic Development Director, Robert Gregory, said he expects demand to be high for the space, which is diagonally across from Whole Foods Market - Milford and just up the street from the Westfield Shopping Town.
Nearly three months later and the building is still vacant. What would you like to see go in there?