Monday, August 24, 2009
This lot is just down the hill from the main train station and therefore a potential prime location for permit parkers.
Unfortunately, it is a bit dicey, as these glass fragments from a break-in attest.
The City Council approved a demolition contract for 401-407 and 409-411 Cleveland Avenue, which would seem to pertain to this location.
At some point, it was a gas station. As one can see, the larger building is accessible by vagrants through the unsecured opening at the lower left.
Given the level of decay, the demolition contractor doesn't have to strain himself to get rid of these buildings.
At the City Council meeting where the demolition contract was approved, resident Nancy Piwowar expressed the concern that no historic structure would be demolished.
While not historic in some ways, the fate of the slate roof on the structure should at best be a recycling of the slates.
A while ago, my neighbor and I took a walking tour of the blocks between East Seventh and Front Street and Park and Watchung avenues, finding many concerns about illegal usages of stray buildings and embarassment about the dilapidated conditions.