In this old picture, the building proposed for the Ale House is clearly seen with the road visible from upper Green Street.
But today, the view from that same perspective is blocked by a cinder-block extension from the old Davis Electric building – that is because it was illegally, without proof of title, extended into the public way, which is, I might add, public property.
As I indicated in the previous blog; the conduit reveals all; not only is the conduit originally built on public property; this diagram shows that the extension from the Brown Wharf Federalist Warehouse was also built illegally. Think about the fact that you’re standing on public property the next time you bite into that sandwich at Port City Sandwich Shop!
I frankly don’t know what it will take to stop the expensive re-routing of the culvert – which by the way is not necessary if they get rid of the cinder-block extension and hand the property back to the City so it can be managed by the Waterfront Trust! Instead, they are going to expend a lot of money to hide the illegal taking of public land.
How can they justify this? Especially when the public knows what they are up to! Is this Nazi Germany where everyone goes about their business for fear they will ‘disappear’ or is it just pure apathy?
The solution is simple and it would save a lot of money. The owner re-designs the Ale House Restaurant without the silly glass frontage therefore re-inforcing the historic nature of the original building and the water/sewer department can then go off and focus on the Graft Road lift station and leave this un-necessary culvert work alone.