Visions for Vacancy: The M.F. Charles Building
The iconic building at the corner of Haven and Main Streets has been mostly vacant for some time. What would you like to see move in?
There may not be all that many vacant storefronts in Reading, but there is one that truly sticks out like a sore thumb.
The M.F. Charles Building, located at the corner of Haven and Main Streets in Reading Center is an iconic building with a long history. But for the last few years, the highly visible first floor retail space has been without a tenant—ever since Bank of America moved out.
The building has housed a number of businesses in its 111-year history, including a barbershop, an insurance agency and a gift shop called Sense of Wonder, in addition to its namesake M. F. Charles & Sons stationery store. It still serves as home to The Clockfolk of New England and The Hitching Post Gift Shop, but the large, corner space that housed the recently relocated Bank of America stands empty.
Sooner or later, something is going to move into that space. We want to know what you think! What would you like to see come to town? A flea market? A restaurant? Something else? Share your visions with your neighbors in the comments!