It can be hard to find a parking spot at the busy Hauppauge Shopping Center during the day, as drivers resort to trailing behind customers heading back to their cars.
Unless that parking spot is in front of an empty building.
It seems the former Pizza Hut building on Route 111, with its distinctive, weather-battered red hut roof, has become a de facto parking lot.
The building has fallen into disrepair, boarded up and occasionally spray painted with graffitti since the national pizza chain closed its Hauppauge store location several years ago. But it's parking lot has seen plenty of use.
During Route 347's improvement project, New York State Department of Transportation has used it as an overnight parking lot for its construction vehicles. One person even parked their boat in front of the building during Hurricane Irene, safely away from the threat of falling trees.
The 3,337-square-foot building zoned for restaurant use has 44 parking spots. It was previously listed for sale or lease on Loopnet, but the listing has been removed.
What should be done here? What would you like to see?