“Right now, it pretty much just looks abandoned,” Rosas said of the property, which is located directly north of the Holiday Inn property. “I don’t want to say it, but it just looks trashy in a way. Goshen’s downtown is so beautiful, and then you get here, and it’s just an eyesore.”
Given a choice, Rosas said she’d love to see the property torn down and converted into something like a new sit-down restaurant.
Stephanie Cook, an employee with the Lippert Human Resources Corporate Office, 1700 Shasta Drive, said she’s also tired of seeing the vacant property every day and is ready for a change.
“It’s kind of run down, and there’s lots of weeds, and it’s not the prettiest site to look at and drive by every day,” Cook said. “Personally, I think something nice like maybe an Olive Garden or similar restaurant going in there would be great. Or maybe a Starbucks, since we don’t have anything like that on this side of town. So just something that would be nice and easy for people in Goshen to enjoy.”
Perhaps a park?
Over at Affordable Tires, 1503 Fairfield Ave., employee Karla Torrejon said while she hasn’t really experienced any problems being located so close to the vacant property — the store is located just across the street to the north — she is definitely ready to see something done with the property.
“I’d love to see it turned into a park,” Torrejon said. “I think they should just knock it all down and get a park in there.”
Cheryl Blaum, a Goshen resident who lives about a block away from the old Goshen Inn property on 16th Street, had a slightly different vision for the property, however.
“I’d hate to see it all torn down, so I wonder if it couldn’t be turned into some kind of housing or apartments, or maybe even some low-income housing,” Blaum said. “Putting in a nice restaurant would also be nice I think. Not a fast food chain or anything, but something really nice. I remember going there years ago when there was a Sunday buffet, which was really fun. So it would be nice to get something back in there, rather than just letting it sit there empty.”