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Meeting to discuss empty storefronts in Coolidge Corner

Posted by Brock Parker  January 6, 2012 03:00 PM

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Brookline officials will meet with neighbors Monday to discuss concerns about several vacant storefronts on the edge of Coolidge Corner.

The meeting held by the town’s Economic Development office will discuss four empty storefronts in the Durgin garage at 10-18 Pleasant Street and the idle Waldo garage at 10 Waldo Street.

The meeting will be Monday at 7 p.m. in the Raplh Sussman House community room at 50 Pleasant St.

Kara Brewton, director of Brookline’s Economic Development office, said the town is seeking to gauge what neighbors want to see in the area and she’s hoping to get feedback about whether a study committee should be set up to proactively plan future uses of the buildings.

Neighbors have voiced concern about the vacant storefronts in the Durgin garage, and while one new shop, a children’s store named Tiny Hanger, has opened on the property in recent months, four storefronts remain vacant.

Brewton said Albert Kramer, an attorney for property owners Gladys Goldstein Vinograd and Joseph Vinograd, has been working to get the property reused.

The meeting Monday will also discuss the future of the Waldo garage, which is owned by Chestnut Hill Realty.

After meeting with neighbors, Brewton said she’ll decide whether to propose a study committee for the area to the Board of Selectmen.

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