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What's Missing on Derby Street?

There's an open space on Derby Street -- play developer and tell us what should go there.

There's an open space on Derby Street in the middle of all the downtown action, and we want to know what you think would be the perfect fit. 

Spaces adjacent to this vacant spot house and .

If you had the resources and the authority to decide what would go here, what would you choose?

What's missing on Derby Street?

Tell us in the comments.

john August 12, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Dave and Jacks Texaco. The fact that it is waterfront property means nothing considering the condition of the canal and the fixed congress st bridge.It has potential but requires smoeone with a vision to the future. The success of the farmers market is something to consider,year round indoor and outdoor in the summer.
Justin Mattera August 12, 2012 at 07:45 PM
The owner wants $33 a square foot. It's double anywhere else. Good luck to anyone willing to spend that insane amount. Hence the unit being vacant for over a year.
chester suchecki August 12, 2012 at 07:47 PM
i would like to see a peoples united bank branch office there. it would be a heck of alot more coveinient than going to crosbys plaza.
Antoine M. Boisvert August 12, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Ha! No, I remember Dave & Jacks. I had my first car worked on there. I meant, what was in the space across the street between Cilantro and D&D before it became vacant?
john August 12, 2012 at 08:37 PM
The city rented it??????
Justin Mattera August 12, 2012 at 09:56 PM
No on has rented it. We looked at it 15 months ago with the owner, once he sai he would not negotiate on the rent we walked
Antoine M. Boisvert August 12, 2012 at 10:02 PM
he probably gets a tax deduction from the lost revenue. having a tenant might not be worth it.
john August 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Salem paid $5k per month for 3 months around halloween in the past couple of years.Is this expense not available for taxpayers to see?
Justin Mattera August 12, 2012 at 11:34 PM
John, I get more info from Salem finances from you than I do from anywhere else. I enjoy the info.
Anita Armell August 13, 2012 at 01:33 AM
This sounds great, Adrienne. ! If its big enough.
William Legault August 13, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I think you guys were each referencing different properties.
Robert Booth August 13, 2012 at 03:09 AM
a branch of the New England Aquarium or another Dunkin's!
chester suchecki August 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM
the owner of the property knows he has prime derby st. frontage and wants the big bucks for it. anthing that goes in there has to be able to survive the slow winter months. my wish would be my bank to have a downtown location instead of treking all the way to crosbys plaza.
Danielle August 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM
That lot across the street would make an outstanding dining/rest area, at the very least. Maybe the city could replant the Trees they are planning to yank out over on Essex pedestrian walkway and Japanese garden over here, level the lot with gravel, go down to Ocean State Job Lot and get a bunch of tables and umbrella stands on clearance, a few trash barrels and voila! Instant rest area. If a lot is going to sit unkempt like that, in the hub of Salem, then the city should be able to use that land until Fiesta Shows comes infor two weeks in October. IMHO that is the main reason that lot is still vacant. Or the owners should it themselves. As for that place next to Cilantro, there's already a million restaurants, boutiques, etc... Really good places that are not being patronized nearly enough. But Either or a raw bar or strictly sushi bar would be a very nice addition to that area.
Patricia Small August 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I wish we could have a really good barbeque place in Salem, like Jake's Q in Chelsea, or Red Bones in Somerville.
Justin Mattera August 13, 2012 at 01:40 PM
In my opinion, that location is not prime at all. Your not on the waterfront, your not downtown, your stuck in the middle. Very hard location. I see this being vacant for another year or two at the current asking price. The lot across the street........I could do wonders with!
KlassySalem August 13, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Antoine, Dunkin Donuts was in that space before. They remodeled and gave up some of their square footage.
KlassySalem August 13, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I wonder if Custom House Rotisserie would be better off in this spot. I think a lot of people still don't know they exist. Too bad, too.
Justin Mattera August 13, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Good call. But the rent is still pretty stiff. Custom House Rotisserie makes some mean sides, I frequent there often.
Renee August 13, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I'll say it time and time again, Salem needs a Middle Eastern restaurant. If a Polish restaurant can thrive so can a Middle Eastern one.
Justin Mattera August 13, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Renee, the future is in your hands. Give it a whirl!
Amanda August 13, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I love the idea of a wine bar! Now that Greenland is "remodeling" it would be nice to have a new space with wine and small plates...that hopefully won't sell out.
Paula Currie August 14, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I would love to see a Trader Joe's downtown.
Lois G. August 14, 2012 at 01:32 PM
How about a real deli, either Italian or Jewish!
Dawn Cerbone August 14, 2012 at 03:07 PM
A really good Italian pork store would be fantastic!
adrienne August 14, 2012 at 06:08 PM
i'm glad you like my idea, Amanda! i just had an interview at Belly Wine Bar which is opening in Kendall Square in Cambridge. Sip Wine Bar just opened in downtown Boston & there is another one opening in Davis Square. it's a great concept for people who don't want to go out for a complete meal yet still want a social & even educational atmosphere. i'm a Server & Bartender. now, i've just gots to find me a Chef & a Sommelier! :) oh, ya! and, knock that landlord upside the head & get him to come down on the price of the rent.
Paula Currie August 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I like that idea!
Americus Bell August 15, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Ditto the deli!
LindyLou August 15, 2012 at 01:36 AM
A deli might be a good idea for the vacant Daily bagel in Museum Place.
Kevin Willis August 15, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Amanda, you should check out 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar on Pickering Wharf for a great wine list and small plates.

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