Thursday, January 28, 2016

End of January 2016



Work on the dismantling of Zervas continues. 

From January 23, a shot of the playground equipment with swings removed. This photo is looking west from Cold Spring Park and the building behind the swing set is the modular at the end of the Kindergarten hall (you can see the original brick building on the right edge of this photo).



Here are two photos from January 27. The first shows men removing material from the roof of the building. There may be asbestos or some such because they wrapped all the material in plastic (and wore hazmat type suits) before hauling it away.




This shot from the 27th shows how much of the roof they've taken off of 1338 Beacon Street, a former home with dentist office which was one of three that the city bought to expand the Zervas lot. (1330 Beacon is shown behind and 1316 is not visible.)




This photo from today, January 28, shows that they've removed the modular room that extended past the kindergarten hallway which was in the first photo of this post. That modular was less than five years old and covered up what the kids considered the "handball" wall. Well kids, the wall is back! (Don't climb into the construction area to play, please.)












Saturday, January 09, 2016

New sight lines


Well, maybe someone is reading this blog or (more likely) they were planning on cutting holes in the fence in the first place. In any case, as you can see, there are now easier sight lines between Beethoven and Beacon. 

Meanwhile, here's a view from Cold Spring Park showing how the fence is closed off from that side. 


Friday, January 08, 2016

Fencing is close to the road

The fence around the Zervas building site has gone up. What surprised me is that it's right against the street -- it encompasses what used to be the sidewalk. 

I wonder if there's a safety issue here. I saw a jogger in the road on the south side of Beacon St. Also, for drivers it's hard to see much. 


This is significant for cars turning left onto Beethoven from Beacon. A lot of people cut the corner a bit and you may not see a car on Beethoven if you do. Be careful!

Meanwhile, they are leveling the site and piling up dirt near the front door. 




Thursday, January 07, 2016

Frank Zervas School is fenced off

Our local elementary school, which I've been walking to daily for the past seven years, is getting torn down to be replaced by a new building. 

I will continue to be walking by every day on my way to the dog park, so I thought I'd post a few random thoughts when they came to me.

Today, I walked through the property for the last time in a while to cut through behind the dumpster and basketball court to Cold Spring Park (literarily famous [not "literally"] as the setting for a killing in the novel Defending Jacob).

On our way out, the gate was chained up and the fence had been altered so I had to go around. Bye bye, shortcut! Taco will miss sniffing for squirrels in the dumpsters (he got lucky a few times). 

Zervas behind a fence


So here it is, Zervas elementary school behind the new fence.