I was out walking the dog a few weeks ago downtown. I was coming down Spring St behind the Fairpoint Switch building and spotted Gloria.
She was throwing some brush on this pile in the parking lot. She was moving around with some authority for sure. I hailed her with “is that your pile?” ” Yes ” she answers. I got to know her a little bit. The pile is next to the burning bush. She has a couple of other piles. I got the sense she was not a lineman but assumed a next door neighbor. Nope, just someone that thinks the site is quite pretty, and should be kept in better shape. I agree. She has been adding to that pile for some time. Just above those parking stops is a very nice spot that really should have a picnic table. You could have a very nice almost private picnic there. I asked her if she had approached Fairpoint about removing her piles, “no money’ she answered. She gave me a complete tour of the grounds , pointing out the once lovely landscaping.” It just needs some attention”. I remember Verizon was not much for gardening either. I checked around a little. These little switch buildings are becoming available for reuse.. The switch banks are not what are in use any more, so the buildings are unnecessary, smaller spaces are sufficient.
Parking lot on Center St on the front side of the Fairpoint Building. I had no idea this was a Town lot. The green space for a table is at the rear of this lot.
This the front with some nice plantings, the granite curbing is in disarray. Trucks park on the lawn. Major pet peeve of mine folks, sorry,but lawn parking is for the Fair only.
This picture is the empty lot that once had a Church on it. I want to know the date of the last meeting held by Town Officials with anyone concerning the property. The Cobbler Shop burned down in 1992 ? The Cobbler occupied the lot between 11 water St & the Chocolatier.. Is that site going to lay dormant with that awful fence forever?
That Church lot would look pretty this Winter as a Christmas Tree Lot, maybe a Churchill Style lot, no crappy trailers. The lot on the River, I have no idea what that owner is thinking. Not much in my book.
If Fairpoint cannot afford to clean up Gloria’s piles could we send a truck over?