I'm also curious why this site has seemed to progess so slowly. If you watch their construction cam below, it starts on 10/1/18, and there are long stretches where very little seems to be happening at the site. As far as I know it's still just planned as a Cambria hotel on the Hancock Street side and the Vets First Choice HQ on the other side, plus three private residences on the Newbury Street side. The new CEO of Vets First Choice has been quoted in the media as saying site work is "behind schedule" but plans have not changed. But it also strikes me as curious that for such a large site they seem to have very small crews working there.So I have to ask...Does anyone know what is taking this project so long to complete? Looks like they have a 4 man crew. Has the scope of the project/tenants changed since COVID-19? Happy Thanksgiving regardless!
I agree, though remember it's still Maine. One is not supposed to get too sophisticated and modern here. "It's the way life should be."I'll take the opportunity to comment as well! Under city code, these power lines on Newbury Street should have been put underground during the construction process. The developers applied for, and received, a waiver from the planning board so they do not have to bury them. Their reasoning was simply that it's expensive. But they would have forged ahead with the development even if required to underground the lines, so in my opinion the city blew a rare opportunity to get even a small stretch of utilities put underground.
What blows my mind is that these expensive new homes and offices on Newbury Street are going to have poles and wires literally right outside their windows. I still laugh every time I walk down India Street and see the circus of wires mere feet from the windows and balconies of all those expensive condos in the Mason Block building.