Accountable.... This fall we have an opportunity. On the 11th, Mayo will go before City Council for a great reason. They are taking one of their slums and improving it. Woohoo! This is good, more than good. The section along Broad Street and an old dilapitated building behind it will see improvements and another section of Broad Street facade will look better. Hurrah!
So now, where is the opportunity? Well... When the sprinkler systems in Keith building were the wrong rating for the attic, who should have caught that? When electrical wiring is so beyond dangerous an electrician will not go into your attic, who should catch that? When temporary fixes to plumbing in basements are used to the point where there is almost a major flood, who should catch that? When an occupancy permit is given on a building on Munroe Street with an
unfinished ceiling (not Mayo's), who should have caught that?
So, I have an idea that might help. Whomever is responsible should actually go to this project once or twice. Like, actually go inside. It seems you forgot to do this in 2004-2006, but that is ok, it's a different time now. After all, now you have us watching. We promise to help as much as we can.
Forget that everyone in City Hall is friends with John McGrail. "He's a great guy." "He's my friend." Yada yada. You all never lived in one of his company's buildings. When you have, then you get to make us forget how his company made our first few years here a living hell. It's all documented, yet still no one ever seems to side with the residents. The ones who are still here and the ones who gave up on Mayo and left.
So, forget that you didn't find all of those problems with all the existing lofts in Downtown. You're lucky I stopped my list. I didn't even mention the cabinets falling off the walls in every 5th floor unit of one of Mayo's buildings. That one I'll let slide. How were you to know they used 1 1/4" screws not into studs?
You could ask a few questions. You could hold them to local ordinances, even laws. You could, dare I say, hold them to building code. You could, but will you? That's the opportunity. It's all in what City Hall does with it. If our goal is to change the perception of Lynn in the public eye, than perhaps we start with making sure people have a great first experience when they come to live in one of her Downtown buildings.
But that's just me, what do you think?