Lights, Action ...
We began guessing why action was being taken now, after so many months of darkness. She thought it was because I had pointed out the non-working lamps when I blogged about the weedy sidewalk to Park Avenue from Lot 7. I had seen two state government cars on Cleveland Avenue today and guessed that officials were checking up on Lot 7 per a plan announced many months ago for employees of a new state office at 110 East Fifth Street to park in Lot 7.
Tonight it dawned on me that the lights were fixed just in time for the opening night of a theater production of "Steel Magnolias" at First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, where the Act IV group is based. Maybe church officials sought the change. This theater group is well-known and attracts out-of-town patrons who might otherwise be put off by a pitch-dark parking lot.
Whatever the reason, I'm sure the one overnight permit holder appreciates it. She leaves for her work at JFK Medical Center in the wee hours and the improved lighting must give her a sense of greater personal safety.
So thanks to the Signal Bureau for whatever the reason you took action today.
I must say I am looking forward to see the opening of the Cleveland Avenue/East Fifth Street building, which will include retail outlets as well as offices. It is in sort of a byway, between Park and Watchung, but also a logical destination for commuters from the main train station, City Hall employees and the many tenants of Connolly buildings on Block 832 and environs. I can't wait to see what the retail businesses will be. It is one of the first major overhauls by Paramount Assets, which has acquired nearly all the downtown commercial property including the former Pittis Estate.
The only downside is the loss of an Art Deco historic facade featuring a Ford logo that is now buried under some kind of modern building material.
This building is right across from E&A Bar & Restaurant Supply, famous in its own right, but which still may benefit from extra traffic at the refurbished building.