What Would You Put in the Root Building?

The Westfield planning board has approved plans for a two-story residential and retail building.

Plans for a that will include ground-level retail space as well as seven apartments above the storefronts was approved at last week's meeting of the Westfield Planning Board.

The property, formerly home to  and five other businesses that were destroyed in a  in late January, has been owned by William Root since the late 1960s and the building will bear his name. 

The proposed building could allow for six retail shops or one large space depending on the needs of interested business owners. Sherry Cronin, executive director of the , explained that the minutes from the planning board meeting need to be approved and the appeal period –typically 45 days—needs to expire "before they can pull building permits to get started." That said, it's never too early to start thinking about what you'd like to see come to town. 

So, Patch wants to know, what businesses would you most like to see fill up the space on South Avenue West and Westfield Avenue? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments! 

Mike P June 22, 2012 at 01:58 AM
If you don't think sound station appeals to the kids, sound station is like wu tang, its for the children. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go listen to some more Rod Stewart because you're just a stuffed shirt. Just because you do not appreciate good music and only listen to music in the form of 104.3 on your 5 minute ride home from the train station does not mean there isn't an appeal for a store that provides something infinitely better than your itunes recommended list. Sound Station is for people looking for more than the download, they're looking for culture, they're looking for a scene, they're looking for local concerts, and their looking for something that you can't possibly find anywhere else. There is a reason Sound Station survived more than one economic down turn and a less than favorable music market, and it saddens me that so many people cannot appreciate the contributions it has made to Westfield.
westfield101 June 22, 2012 at 03:20 PM
hipsters... relax over there. shouldnt you be occupying something?
westfield101 June 22, 2012 at 03:21 PM
sound station = culture hahahaha.. great culture
westfield101 June 22, 2012 at 03:23 PM
its funny that you call them westfield mafia crooks. if you dont like what goes on in town, why do you live there?
jason June 22, 2012 at 05:52 PM
i totally agree. sound station may get some people going to it, but if it was so popular and profitable, why would they need to raise money to get a new building? Also dont hate on people because they get music on itunes. Thats what happens now adays whether you like it or not. What should go there is a good pub/bar.


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