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What Would You Put Here?

This gas station has been closed for several years. It occupies a prominent spot in Milford, at Cedar and East Main Streets.

The former Gibbs gas station, built in 1968, has looked like this for awhile.

The last proposal to do something with this site, according to town officials, was for a donut store with a drive-thru, an idea that didn't work.

If you could, what would you put on this property?

Tell us in the comments.

Mike October 19, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Good idea, but I don't think that it is nearly large enough of an area.
Jim Rizoli October 19, 2011 at 08:39 PM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM A false document, ID store.
David Breen October 19, 2011 at 08:53 PM
Gibbs Gun Store. No need to change the sign. Covers lots of the comments above too. http://www.gibbsrifle.com/
Mary MacDonald (Editor) October 19, 2011 at 10:55 PM
How about a diner? They're small enough. This town could use a diner and an Irish pub.
Jennifer October 19, 2011 at 11:07 PM
oh good idea. I've always thought this town needed a "lunch spot" that isn't fast food, or subs! like a soup and sandwich place. :)
Michelle October 19, 2011 at 11:34 PM
Taco Bell
Mary MacDonald (Editor) October 19, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Like Gilley's in Portsmouth, NH.
G Linden October 19, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Dairy Barn - drive thru super market, for diapers and milk when the baby is sleeping in the car
Myd Nevins October 20, 2011 at 12:06 AM
This gets my vote. Framingham and Franklin are too far to bring tacos home before they get soggy.
Danielle Horn October 20, 2011 at 12:39 AM
A frozen yogurt shop - similar to Pinkberry, or even better, Worcester's own "WooBerry." Perhaps it could be "Milberry." Though that would probably make more sense (at least the name) for the town of Milbury....
Deanna Runeman October 20, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Yogolicious. And combine that with a soup and custom salad lunch pick-up spot.
Shannon Pataky October 20, 2011 at 12:57 AM
this is going to sound so townie.... I would widen main street and put turning lane there... and if there's enough room, a coffee shop.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) October 20, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Someone on our Facebook page, in answering this question, said: Anything but another Dunkin. Which, was, apparently the donut store that initially looked at the site. Too small for it.
Emily K Giacomuzzi October 20, 2011 at 02:21 AM
NO MORE COFFEE SHOPS lol I need my current work to remain open for at least 6 more months another coffee shop in this town would killit. Honest last thing this town needs is more food places, bars, or salons... I agree with the turning lane
Adriana Kozlowski October 20, 2011 at 12:06 PM
RED MANGO!
Chip October 20, 2011 at 12:20 PM
white castle
southpaw October 20, 2011 at 01:10 PM
Why don't we just clean it up! Our town looks dirty and run-down. I drive through much bigger towns on my way to work every day, and they can somehow keep a nice, clean, safe downtown for their residents - why can't we??? We certainly don't need another donut shop, pizza place, nail salon, convenient store or church!
UglyHat October 20, 2011 at 01:17 PM
A Fotomat – wait that might not work these days. How about a combination pawn shop/gun store/liquor store? Yep, that would make money today.
ADH October 20, 2011 at 01:46 PM
I agree with southpaw --- clean it up and turn it into a park!
Juli Johnson October 20, 2011 at 01:56 PM
ebay store
bostonEddie October 20, 2011 at 03:33 PM
A gourmet restaurant. Lord knows, you'd have time for a seven course sit-down meal the way the traffic moves on East Main during dinner hour. Alternately, reopen the Hearts of Ben Club as a takeout. Certainly it had enough telephone lines to handle all the calls.
Inigo Montoya October 20, 2011 at 05:15 PM
A well, force the prior owner to drink from it.
Shannon Pataky October 20, 2011 at 06:57 PM
not a dunkies, we have enough of those. If the land was big enough... I want to open a "mom" coffee shop. Basically, a relaxing indoor playground that allows new england moms to get out of the house during the 3 months it's not "park weather" have some coffee, maybe catch up with other moms. Way to small for that though. So, I'm sticking with a turning lane, lol.
Shannon Pataky October 20, 2011 at 06:58 PM
I lived on east main street, I would never take my kid to a park that close to that stinky road. Anyway, there's a nice one less then half a mile away.
Shannon Pataky October 20, 2011 at 06:59 PM
nice. true. but nice. Like the imperial lot. what a waste of space.
don mcelman November 13, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Don McElman How about a small green energy facility. A small windmill or solar energy panel site. Citizens need to begin energy independence on their own, as the oil companies & government aren't going to support it willingly. When people start to see and understand the technology, they will begin to develop their own independent thinking and develop plans to get their own green technology. At least 25% of the people will, followed by another 30%. We're going to have to start it ourselves. This Gibbs site is big enough for this beginning ; but would banks lend?
David Nolta November 13, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Amen, Don McElman! Look what Germany accomplished, with a tiny fraction of our natural resources in terms of sun and wind. I think yours is a fantastic (and NECESSARY) idea.
G Linden November 13, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Great idea Don!
Dave Motuzas November 15, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Krispy Kreme
lorraine olson November 15, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Great thought, Don!

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