First of all, I got to hand it to the Mayor's office, Office of Community Development, and two of our best City Councilor's Dan Cahill and Brendan Crighton for getting right back to me when I asked the simple question, "Do we expect Oxford Street to be done in our lifetime?" I was encouraged to hear the answer was yes. I was also encouraged at how much they were on top of things, fighting for the businesses on Oxford and the residents of the Sherry lofts. I did not get a response from the DPW.
For those of you who aren't aware of the entire situation, they began ripping up the street in 2nd week of September. About a day or two in, they discovered railroad tracks (which they ripped out that day) and clay which was impossible to deal with in a timely fashion. IN addition to the first railroad tracks, they found more at the intersection to Market which are still firmly embedded in the ground as of today. They called in experts to discuss how best to proceed and apparently what they needed to complete the project was on backorder. Yesterday you may have seen them laying down this fabric in the roadbed. This apparently will ensure that the street remains in good condition for a good amount of time. Well... all this took about 3 weeks and through a few rain storms, Oxford Street became a roller coaster ride at the end as you dumped into Market street. I will be relieved when one of our most important streets is back to normal.
I have to believe this impacted the Ox and even more so Casa Antigua and other shops along Oxford and the business complex on Munroe that uses Oxford as its primary parking lot. It's caused major congestion on Andrew and even in Central Square as cars try to figure out how to get around the one way maze of Downtown Lynn without the use of Oxford.
My question to city hall was how can we take so much time to fix this problem as we are fining the Athanas family for their BS. We can't and regardless of the fact the work is back underway as of yesterday, it took too long.
On the bright side (pardon the pun), Jamie Marsh tells me Oxford will be equipped with that fancy old fashioned lighting you see in other areas of Downtown Lynn. Very nice!
Please go to Casa Antigua and Blue Ox this week and next and show your support of their great product.