The house at 87 Hawkes Avenue on January 27, 2018 There's been some activity at 87 Hawkes Avenue lately. Orange plastic fencing has gone up at the entrance with a "Posted Private Property" sign and workers have been seen in and about the house. Plastic sheeting has been thrown over the porch balcony. So, it … Continue reading The House — 1/27/2018
Development. It’s inevitable, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. We need housing, we need amenities, and, let’s face it, we live in a capitalist society where if there’s money to be made, someone will try to make it. The question is, then, how to control development so that neighborhoods, communities and the environment are … Continue reading The Sunshine Home
How did this happen? How was a development of apartment buildings allowed in a completely residential neighborhood zoned for condominiums and single residences? Now, disclaimer here: I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t have any specialized knowledge about zoning or real estate law. The following is just what I’ve learned from attending Planning Board … Continue reading How did this happen?
I haven't posted for about 10 days because after the dramatic denuding of trees, work at the site has been less sensational. However, it was sobering to see the neatly cut tree trunks stacked and waiting for giant logging trucks to haul them away:
So the last several days have been about removing giant logs from the site and digging up the stumps. I can only imagine that demolition of the house is next and it seems like a good time (or really, the last possible moment) to look into the history of this house. While I've already written … Continue reading Day #8: December 5, 2017
Today, the change at 87 Hawkes Avenue is breathtaking. In the space of three days, this site has gone from being woodsy to, well, being naked. Here's a before shot: And now today: Cresting the hill this evening above 87 Hawkes was a disorienting and demoralizing experience as all the trees along the roadway had … Continue reading Day #3: November 30, 2017
For the past week, they’ve been erecting construction barriers, marking trees, assembling equipment, but today was the first day that significant work happened. First step, I guess, is tree removal and it was rather horrible to see so many 150' foot high trees lying toppled over on their sides. It's hard to see from this … Continue reading Day #1: November 28, 2017