Next year, the Save-A-Lot grocery, which is currently located in the city-owned property next to Danville city hall, will be moving to Lexington Road where it is has purchased the store and shopping center now occupied by Piggly Wiggly.
Save-A-Lot's departure from downtown is going to leave vacant a substantial piece of real estate. Normally, that would be a matter for the private owners to worry about. But since the Save-A-Lot property is owned by the voters and taxpayers of Danville, everybody's got a right to their opinion about what the building's next use should be (even though the right to decide its best use lies in the hands of the five elected officials who run the city).
Just to get the ball rolling on the discussion, here's a few ideas that occurred to us:
* Speaking of rolling balls, the first use that comes to mind is for a skate park. So far, construction of a park for skateboarders has been stymied by disagreement over a site. The Save-A-Lot property would be perfect. It's downtown where it would be easily accessible to local skaters, and its location near the police station would surely cut down on any vandalism or other mischief that might occur there.