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We're Taking a Vote on Guitar Center Question

We received such a wide range of suggestions for what to do with the former Guitar Center that we're trying a poll to see if clusters of consensus emerge. We hope you'll cast a vote.

Editor's note, May 22, 2:45 p.m.: A technical glitch blocked the poll from being attached to this article when it was first published. It's now attached below. We apologize to our readers.

Last week we asked our readers what they'd building at 10300 San Pablo Ave., and we have received so many suggestions of such variety that we're not sure how to interpret them.

Perhaps the most popular choice in comments on the article and on our Facebook page was a gym or fitness center of some type. A number of people liked the idea of a live-music venue, perhaps with a space for art and a cafe. Others wanted to see a grocery, while several other retail possibilities – notably a Fry's Electronics – were proposed.

So we thought it might help to consolidate the suggestions into general categories and pose the question again in the form of a reader poll, in hopes of determining whether areas of consensus might emerge. We hope that those readers who offered suggestions in the first round will cast their votes in the poll below, and we hope additional readers add their feedback too. And we welcome further comments too.

CancerFighter2012 November 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM
I'd like it to be considered for the new El Cerrito Library but the lack of windows is an issue for a library. Most new or remodeled libraries in our region are filled with natural light ...meaning windows. I also think El Cerrito could use a good sit-down ice cream parlor, like Fentons, with great sundaes from house made ice cream and offer a few sandwiches but I'm afraid that space is too big for that type of venture.
Craig Westbrooke November 22, 2012 at 01:10 AM
SP Avenue desperately needs stores that people want to go to, stores that stay open in the evening, somewhere that families can go. A parlor would be great..you could go there after a movie at the Cerrito. Besides the restaurants, the street pretty much shuts down at night in terms of a destination.
Charles Burress November 22, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I wonder if windows could be cut into the walls of the building? Maybe any architects or structural engineers among our readers could address that possibility. As for an ice-cream parlor, did you know that the resurrected Cerrito Theater, which celebrates its 75th anniversary next month, once had an ice cream parlor in the same building?
Paul D November 22, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Charles, it used to be a Safeway store and the windows have been covered up over the years. I'm sure the framing is still there.
Charles Burress November 22, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Paul, thanks. That's what I guessed from looking at the exterior outlines on the walls but wasn't sure.

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