"There are a number of things that can be done with that area," said Penny Littell, the city's director of Planning and Urban Development. "We can redesign it with a building or a park."
While Littell cautioned that a decision about the park is far from being made, one option is to sell part or all of the property, which totals about a third of an acre.
Until the 1940s, residential buildings with storefronts filled the space. Those buildings were cleared and replaced with a commercial block that for a time was occupied by a Walgreens pharmacy and later a Dunkin' Donuts shop.
In 1979, the Dunkin' Donuts building was demolished the city took ownership of the parcel, and turned it into the park that exists today.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
What to do with Congress Square?
Congress Square, at the corner of Congress and High St., largely fails as a park. Apart from vagrants who find it a convenient place to drink and fight, not much goes on there. Tomorrow night there will be a forum to discuss options for its future (May 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eastland Park Hotel, 157 High St.) The Forecaster: