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Visions For Vacancies: Stoughton's Train Station

What would you like to see done with the Stoughton Train Station? Should the town purchase it?

Drive around Stoughton and you'll notice a number of empty storefronts and buildings.

We're starting a new series titled "Visions for Vacancies." We'll showcase an empty storefront and ask you what should take up the space.

It makes sense to start with the vacancy that has made headlines recently - the historic .

The , until Stoughton's state house delegation - Senator Brian A. Joyce and Representatives Louis Kafka and William Galvin , giving the town a chance to work out a deal for the property.

The station was built in 1888 (it's on the ) and was renovated in 1988 at the cost of $1 million, thanks to funding from a foundation.

It's considered a key piece in the downtown puzzle. But once acquired, it will require a substantial amount of money to make the building usable again.

The MBTA is said to want $350,000 for the property, which also includes 30 parking spaces. Stoughton would like to acquire it for much less than that.

What would you like to see done with the Stoughton Train Station? Should the town purchase it?

Take our poll and let us know your specific ideas in the comments section.

Longtime Resident July 21, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I would love to turn it into a residence - the rent on 30 parking spaces would pay the mortgage - lol. Seriously, it would be very nice to see some type of small bakery/cafe for breakfast/lunch combined with a small waiting area as it had in the past. The town could buy it, then lease out the space.
Carolyn Curtis-Mahoney July 21, 2012 at 03:08 AM
If we'd like to revitalize Stoughton Center, we need to attract families with young children to the Center. The train station could be reinvented as a free or low-cost gathering place similar to the Children's Museum in Easton, but on a smaller scale. Low-tech "attractions" like a wooden train table, a sand table, a playhouse, a book nook, and so on would provide a friendly place for families to meet, no matter what the weather. Families who gather at the playspace would also explore the Center and support the businesses. Children who are introduced to Stoughton Center at a young age, and who grow up with happy memories of the Center, may grow up to become good caretakers of our town.
Kristin Colp-Khang July 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM
I really hope that the town purchases this property. It's been so sad to see so many empty buildings and a little cafe/waiting area would be great!
Cory Cai September 04, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Buy it is a must, then re-do the whole area even if you have to take it down. that whole area is a mess with all the other abandoned buildings and piles of rubble in the middle of the road. our town square is a mess and its embarrassing they desperately need to do something and acquiring the station is a start.
Jana Szeglin August 12, 2013 at 09:57 AM
The Train station has many opportunities. If the town buys it should be restored. It can be an Art Gallery, Museum, Cafe, Education Center, a store front. One item that MUST stay would be the building itself. Since its the only Clock tower train station in MA we would have to keep it that way. This is great publicity for the town and it is a great location and has amazing potential.

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