Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Parking Lot Mystery Solved!

Almost two years ago I posted the first of several blogs concerning a mysterious parking lot hidden behind the Harvard Apartments.  For a quick recap of the mystery and follow-up posts, click HERE then scroll down to the bottom of the page to read them in chronological order.  Since that first post, I have visited with a lot of great people and listened to many ideas, theories and suggestions regarding this piece of asphalt, but had no concrete (pun intended) evidence to support any of them.  Until today!  Reader Jeff S. did some sleuthing on his own and came up with the answer and a link to explain it all.  He writes:
It's minutes from a 1975 BOA (Board of Adjustments) meeting where the Doctors Hospital was trying to get a variance to build a shuttle overflow parking lot on the abandoned rail road right-of-way south of 25th St. So that confirms what the neighbors said. They were apparently also concerned about drainage on the site which probably explains the complex storm drain system. It's also interesting that their original request included the right-of-way one block north as well.

And there you have it.  It may take awhile to find answers to the past, but what I have learned that there are great readers and history buffs around willing to help out.  Thank you Jeff and everyone else who contributed ideas and stories about this area.  If you would like to read the meeting minutes click HERE.  

1 comment:

DrillerAA09 said...

I do remember when the railroad right-of-way was abandoned and the railroad removed the tracks. People living adjacent to the tracks could expand their back yard to capture the right-of-way as their personal property. As a result there were some very small homes with some very large back yards.