The former Stratfield Market on Stratfield Road has been empty now for several years. It is an eyesore to the neighborhood in its blighted condition and is seriously affecting property values.

While at one time there were good intentions by the neighbors (me included) to restrict its use and thwart a Walgreens pharmacy from opening there, we should admit defeat at this point and move on.

The zoning should be changed back to what it was originally, and Walgreens should be allowed to put a store there (if it still wants to). At the least, Walgreens should have an opportunity to sub-lease the space without all the restrictions being placed on the property, which limits the type of tenants to which it could lease.

At this point, almost anything would be better than an empty, deteriorating building, which is doing a lot more harm than good to the Stratfield neighborhood.

Bob Stone