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Visions for Vacancies: What Should Go in that Small Building on Union St.?

What would you like to see in the vacant store at 120 Union St.

The former AT&T wireless store at 120 Union St. in Braintree has been vacant for quite a while. It sits in a slightly awkward lot with an entrance across from that is accessible only from the westbound side of Union Street.

What's your vision for this vacancy? Another Dunkin' Donuts? Something else? The property is owned by F.X. Messina Enterprises, which owns land throughout Braintree.

Let us know in the comments section what you'd like to see in the location.

Mark M. - Braintree August 23, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Since parking is somewhat limited, I would like to see a small coffee cafe or perhaps a convenience store. Both might do well at that location
Angela Nuss August 23, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Mark M.'s ideas are great and feasible. Curious to know who has been parking there since the store closed. I've never seen so many cars parked there!
Robert J Walsh August 23, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I think It should he open green space, no vehicles. Traffic there is already a nightmare. The t riders using it can park elsewhere.
Sean August 23, 2012 at 07:34 PM
T-parkers are using it. Even though there are signs there saying people will be towed, clearly it's not enforced (even though it should be). I like Robert's idea below. It would be nice to see the town step up and purchase it for that purpose or maybe Thayer Academy could give back to the town and make it a green space.
Jeanne Zarrella August 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Green space idea is nice...perhaps a few small trees welcoming people to Braintree. That area is already clogged with traffic.
Marjorie August 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM
It is a difficult location for consumers driving in and out. Yes the greenspace sounds best!
Jane Barney August 24, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I think using it as greenspace is a great idea! There is already too much cement and blacktop at that intersection, and some beautiful lanscaping would be very welcoming as people enter that area. It would need to be maintained, however. If it were not and were to become filled with litter that would defeat the purpose.
Jane Barney August 24, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I think using it as greenspace is a great idea! There is already too much cement and blacktop at that intersection, and some beautiful lanscaping would be very welcoming as people entering that area. It would need to be maintained, however. If it were not and were to become filled with litter that would defeat the purpose.
Sean August 24, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Unfortunately FX wouldn't convert it to greenspace unless there was something in it for him. He wouldn't do so well at maintaining it either - look at the eyesore of a sign he has at that intersection for the shaws plaza he owns. Also look at the mess he left behind next to The Chateau and all the run down equipment and trailers he's left on Commerce Drive (leading into turtle crossing) and near the houses he built across from the DAV.
Robert J Walsh August 24, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Perhaps this is most appropriate use of Community Preservation Act funds. I think F. X. Messina Corp is civic minded and would consider selling, if not donating the property to the Town. What a great, visible memorial it would be to the many contributions made by FX over the years.
Robert Kearns August 30, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I think that the town should address the rotary crosswalks. They need to have better signage and maybe those flashing beacons like they have near Harvard Vanguard or Pond Meadow Park. I dare not walk there because it is so dangerous. The town needs to do something about it.
Kathleen DeWitt August 30, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The police need to address the people "flying" off of the expressway into the rotary from the South. I guess they don't know about the law that people in the rotary have the right of way. We could make some real good money for the town from those drivers. Nanakate
Kathleen DeWitt August 30, 2012 at 05:31 PM
As far as the AT&T store; I,think it should remain empty, maybe greenspace, but it is hard getting out of there, especially if you want to go left at the lights.
LCT August 31, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Over the years FX Messina has made a small fortune in Braintree. They should be good corporate citizens and donate that awkward, useless, ugly space to the town. A nicely landscaped greenspace would be a wonderful alternative to this town's penchant for asphalt and cement on every square foot of non-residential land, especially between the rotary and the T station. Let Messina maintain it properly for all the "deals" [i.e. variances on parcels of land] they've gotten over the years. That entire intersection is becoming an eyesore. especially with the signs for Shaw's and The Marketplace; Motel 6 is no prize to look at and the T parking garage is just plain ugly. If we don't take some pride in our town, we're asking for riff-raff to move in; too much tacky crap all over town as it is. The stretch of Union Street between the rotary and Washington St. gives first-time visitors to our town a less than desirable image. Since the RMV opened in Braintree I'm sure we're getting new folks in that area all the time. Remember that old saying "you only get one chance to make a first impression"? We should strive to make it a good one.
Robert Kearns March 16, 2013 at 01:20 AM
They opened a Deli inside. Boston Deli Market
Robert Kearns March 16, 2013 at 01:22 AM
I agree

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