What Should Go Here at 15 Wallis St?

What would you like to see happen with this vacant lot downtown?

The commercial building that used to occupy 15 Wallis St. was knocked down a while ago in anticipation of a new downtown post office being built there and work on the canal that runs underneath the site.

The plans for the new post office, however, appear to have fallen through and the existing branch next-door will remain indefinitely while flood work slated for that section of the North River still awaits a green light from the mayor's office.

Any action on the downtown flood mitigation project is on hold, says Mayor Ted Bettencourt, until consultants complete the full schematic designs, cost estimates and project schedule, which he expects to receive any day now.

In the meantime, 15 Wallis St. remains a vacant, overgrown and fenced-in lot next to the post office and library and with direct access to the new city park on Walnut Street that recently opened. The land is owned by Alfred DiMambro.

What would you like to see here? The property is zoned for General Business Downtown now and could house a variety of uses. Let us know in the comment section below.

Greg January 28, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Give it to Conservation!!!
Saber Walsh January 28, 2013 at 02:24 PM
We need SOMETHING there. This part of Peabody gets a little weird after dark, it would be nice to see a good business move in there... ANYTHING!
Sam Jones January 28, 2013 at 04:22 PM
How about a community run sandwich and coffee shop/youth center that provides a lot of outdoor areas for folks to read books from the library while they eat their lunch or supper when the weather is nice. It would also offer lots of indoor seating. Offer wi-fi as well. Maybe it could be a spot open late in the evenings so that folks can use it to do homework, surf the web or do reading. The shop/youth center of course would need to have a provision that the police will be called immediately if anyone causes any troubles.
Sam Jones January 28, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Maybe the sandwich/coffee shop could be seen as an extension to the library. Users would be able to access the library through the coffee shop when the library is open. Library patrons could read their book while having a cup of coffee. You could also hold events in this area as well, such as group activities for kids and author readings in the evenings.
Russ January 29, 2013 at 12:18 AM
How about widening the North River. Good place to start. We do flood down there you know! As for the youth center, Have you heard? We do have a YMCA in Peabody! There's a new one in Salem! Of course if you want something for nothing ask the Taxpayer how much more they can afford to spend! But first get the city to stop taxing Peabody parents for student extra-curricular activities including busing in the school system. Another restaurant? You got to be kidding me! Will EBT cards be accepted?


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