The post below is from February, 2014
Here’s the second in what is now apparently a series by the Downtown Lynn Neighborhood Association’s Snow & Ice Sidewalk Patrol Unit.
First, let me disclose that I am your LynnHappens editor and president of DTLna, but I also want to be clear that I welcome all neighborhoods to send in their pictures and words of concern for a post on LynnHappens. Click on “submit” in the above menu to learn how.
One more thing I think I should mention before we start, is that this is in no way, shape or form an attempt to single out one or a few property owners. At the bottom of this post are links to previous posts on this topic that feature other properties, with various owners – even the MBTA (I wonder if they got a $50 fine?)!
Let’s start with a photo that captures both excellent and poor examples of winter sidewalk maintenance by two managed properties.
The clear sidewalk is in front of the Keith Building in Central Square, which is managed by Harvest Properties. Good job!
The job not finished is in front of a building owned and managed by the Mayo Group, though possibly now under their new name, “Advanced Property Management.” They operate under several names, now. Their best name by far is “Nighthawk Acquisitions,” which sounds like an awesome 80’s TV show. Anyway, it took aggressive efforts to get them to finally clear their sidewalk in front of their MV24 apartments on Mt. Vernon Street, and I guess they didn’t think the rules applied to all their downtown holdings.
Next, we’ll take a look at the corner of Andrew Street and Central Avenue, where finishing touches are being put on a building that will house a dollar store chain.
This property is a repeat offender and the city has been notified repeatedly, in part because it is right next to the Olympia Square apartments, where many retirees and disabled make their home.
This is no way to treat your future customers. (I had to help that woman get her cart over the snowbank so she could use the crosswalk).
The Andrew Street side is less traveled:
Not being able to get anyone’s attention at the construction site, I contacted the company listed on a truck outside, “AHO,” through which I got in touch with the property owner. (If he doesn’t get it done, next time I’ll use his name.) He admitted to already receiving a fine, and said that if it’s a safety issue, the city should plow it. I reminded him that the city doesn’t plow sidewalks and that it’s the owner’s responsibility, to which he said he reached out to the company that does the Community Credit Union’s walks – Mannino – and hasn’t heard back. He said since I’m with the neighborhood association I should put him in touch with a company. More than happy to help, I gave him the number of a property management firm that handles a number of downtown buildings and does a decent job – the same Harvest Properties mentioned earlier.
We shall see, He just got back to me as I was editing this piece to tell me Harvest put him in touch with the service they use, and they will do his sidewalks tomorrow! He also thanked me for putting him in touch with them.
However, I still feel compelled to mention that in our earlier conversation, the future dollar store’s property owner suggested residents of Olympia Square apartments could use the sidewalk across the street. Perhaps he just hadn’t seen that sidewalk though, so here’s a picture of it. I do not know the party responsible for this one:
(That thing on the ground further down the path turned out to be squished beet!)
Previous posts on the issue: