Visions for Vacancies: North Bedford Road Building

Put aside all the regulations, restrictions and rules—we're asking you what type of establishment would make the most sense in this space.

Let's call this a modern spin on community planning; a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

We present a vacant space or property 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 many people to sleep. What would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

Take the building at 800 North Bedford Road in Bedford Hills. It once housed The Rugged Bear, a children's clothing store, and Kitch n' Kaffe, a shop dedicated to coffee and kitchens.

It now sits empty. We're hoping you'll weigh in on this vacant space, and share your thoughts for what sort of establishment would work best there. A community organization, or a nonprofit? Another set of retail shops? Some sort of professional office? 

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Thank you for reading Patch!

Don Pachner December 27, 2012 at 06:24 PM
We had just that configuration at the Mt Kisco Manufacturers Outlet Mall, and it folded (now the site of A&P Fresh and Target.) I do miss the Bass Outlet Store from those days.
Fred Bartasek December 27, 2012 at 06:52 PM
That was a manufactures outlet with garbage store you make a nice indoor shopping with a variety of stores like the one's in westchester mall. I think that is a genius idea. Also the rugged bear spot. Come on trader joes. What r u waiting for. That is the ultimate spot. I gues it can be another cell phone place like the Verizon next to that. That was a beautiful spot now owned by Verizon. It's the landlords asking for rent that is outrageous.
Kirstin Zarras January 27, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Trader Joe's would be awesome.
Asoka Galpotthawela January 27, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Trader Joe's is my first choice. I would be happy with a Dance Studio or a Book Store. For me to find a book store I have to travel at least 15 miles (White Plains, Stamford, Danbury or York Town). Same with Trader Joe's. So, lets go for one of the above.
Rich February 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM
The area needs an affordable gym. The one gym in the area controls the market and is really expensive. How about a Planet Fitness.


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