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Visions for Vacancies: Fales Oil

What do you think should go here?

The Fales Oil Building, located adjoining the bike path on Shawmut Avenue, has been an issue for the town as to .

Selectmen had considered the idea of a parking lot, but it was deemed too costly just to level a building when there are empty lots, though not in the possession of the town, in the downtown area.

So, this building, located in downtown but not on North Main Street, has a unique position. It's out of the way but still very near a major area of the town.

What do you think should be done with the old Fales Oil building?

Sue C. May 02, 2012 at 11:06 AM
An energy/environmental children's museum with hands-on activities and playground that teaches children about energy use and conservation. The facility would showcase green energy with thermal heating and solar panels. In addition, an environmental clean-up Hall of Fame can be added to showcase the people and their projects who have make a difference in this field.
Tina Silverio May 02, 2012 at 12:05 PM
A safe place for high schoolers to go after school and on short school days. Coffee/soda/snack shop- with option to bring in food purchased elsewhere in town, such as SweetNCrafty, Cheng Du, and so forth..., tv for video games, pinball machine, "safe" internet access, tables/chairs. Kids flock to downtown on short school days. Charge a minimum to get in the door to use facilities. Food/bev cost separate.
Tina Silverio May 02, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I would like to add, as the parent of a musician, it might be nice to have space where to one end of the building is an area where local kid musicians can go to meet up with others, bring their own instruments, and jam. :D
Mary R May 02, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I am in total agreement with all of the above, but my choice is the SAFE PLACE for the kids after school.. Maybe Jr high as well as high school.. This town needs more for the kids.. I think we have more than enough buildings being utilized for profit..
Tina Silverio May 02, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I thought about the JrHi as well. The fact is that the town needs more revenue, but we also need a place for the kids aside from the park. And actually, the kids enjoy going to Main St for Cheng Du and S&C after school, as well as Dunkin's. And that's fine. Also, we don't need to make businesses become default "babysitters". I was only in the little green internet cafe-what was it called again?- once when it opened. The idea was a good one.
Carole Rosen May 02, 2012 at 03:30 PM
This is an excellent idea. When I moved to Mansfield 12 years ago, I predicted a rise in teenage social issues as the young children of the time grew older with no local community services for teens apart from sports. There is no place in town that is safe, drug and alcohol free, with an assortment of things to engage groups of kids on a drop in basis apart from the school and religious institutions

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