Visions for Vacancies: Something Missing on Spruce Street?

What would you like to see open in South Acton?

Any ideas for this vacant storefront on Spruce Street in West Acton?
Any ideas for this vacant storefront on Spruce Street in West Acton?

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.

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

This week we’re back in West Acton, looking at the empty space at 11 Spruce St. 

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

Amanda Dumont December 09, 2013 at 07:49 AM
I'm assuming the headline is meant to say West Acton... A real deal coffee shop, book shop, another non-pizza restaurant option, or a small health food market would be great!
David A. Baum December 09, 2013 at 08:47 AM
A Small, high quality Mexican Restaurant, with the feel of a "Hole-In-Wall".
Beth S. December 09, 2013 at 09:43 AM
(Authentic) Chinese food restaurant or a health food store.
Scott Wieder December 09, 2013 at 03:18 PM
This has been a tough location. I have seen a variety of businesses open and close. I think a service business like a law office or real estate company might do better than another retailer. I am also open to another restaurant.
Jim Snyder-Grant December 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM
The restaurant ideas are less likely to happen without additional septic capacity. However, bringing sewers to West Acton will be expensive, and will have some unhappy consequences for the general well-being of Acton, such as the extra environmental and fiscal impact of residential development springing up along the entire route, as has happened along Prospect street. But it does limit the capacity for extra restaurants. Perhaps a package treatment plant on town owned land nearby?
Beth S. December 10, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Septic capacity seems to be THE issue for restaurants in Acton. A small health food store with a juice bar and prepared food would be great if we can't eek out a restaurant because of the septic limitations.


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