7 Eleven, Before and After

This particular piece of real estate was once a car repair building. It’s been sitting empty for a couple of years, at least. It’s interesting that the original structure of the building, the triangular roof structure, is incorporated and even duplicated in the redesign.

The brick used on the exterior of the building complements the brick on the exterior of the library adjacent to the store, as well as the brick used  on the sidewalk. The redesign of the building is consistent, but the signage is on a pole and it’s bold. I’m not to thrilled about that. The signage on the building is bold enough, I don’t think the pole is necessary.

There are a couple of structures in the vicinity that are up for rent and could be redeveloped, and it’ll be cool to see a transition.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. k10g says:

    Do you know how old the building is?

  2. residentplanningeek says:

    Hi K,

    If I were to guess I’d say at least 1940/50s, honestly. (The Ford dealership a block up has been there for 75 years the owner said the day he closed up shop.) Our town is built up. There isn’t new land to carve out and build on. It’s been that way for a while.

    Maybe it’s under historical preservation, as the redesign stands true to the structure that was there before. We have a township preservation committee: http://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/index.aspx?NID=196. It’s entirely possible that they might have guided the project.

    This is just speculation on my part. Town hall would have records.

    -W

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