33 Central continues to get vandalized and further boarded up. Zee Mah and his property are making Central Square look like Detroit. City leaders have met with Mr. Mah and offered our facade program and even found an interested buyer. All efforts have fallen apart. It's completely ridiculous.
Lucky for us, we have some pretty amazing city officials looking out for our Downtown. According to the letter posted on 33 Central Sq, after complaints yesterday about the second vandalism of this property, inspectors were sent to the property from ISD. Jim Cowdell, Jamie Marsh, and Michael Donovan are to be thanked for this fast action. They believe in the importance of our safety. They believe in our downtown revitalization efforts. Here is what I saw on the property last night.
Danger to life and limb?
No functioning sprinkler system?
Floors and ceilings collapsing?
Now... let's think this through... To the left is Raw Art Works, home of several children and an active urban youth art program that is nationally known. To the right is East Coast Karate and our beloved Columbia Insurance owned by John Olson. East Coast Karate teaches several children karate classes and a class for kids with autism.
So... what do we think? Is it good that this building is in the middle of these two locations and not far from one of the cornerstones of the downtown residential movement, 7 Central Square.
The past two months have seen two vandalism attempts. We've seen this played out in the news before. Homeless gain access to abandoned property with known absentee owners and set up camp for the winter. Yes, they will be trying to keep warm. You all know what that means? We've all seen Lynn's history. We relived a part of it when the Andrew Street lot went up in flames a few years ago. We're lucky no one was hurt and that wasn't connected to residential units. I don't want that to happen to one side of Central Square, do you?
If you can't read the letter here, read it at 33 Central. This is just a picture I took of the letter posted on the window. The Red X above the letters is to let the fire department know that the building is structurally unsafe to enter. They might anyways if our lives are in danger, but come on???
Zee, Clean this property up and get back into compliance with mass state law or get out of our Downtown!