Despite more than a year of blocked access, don’t expect the ugly fence on the Paul Revere Mall, also known as the Prado, to disappear anytime soon. No work is planned by either the City or the Hanover St. building owner to rectify the crumbling brick wall that has caused the public safety hazard.
Every resident and tourist walking the Freedom Trail through the Prado in the North End sees the menancing fence blocking off a large swath of the public park including a water fountain. The fence was installed by the Parks Department to keep the public away from the property where brick pieces regularly fall from the building.
Neither the City nor the Hanover St. building owner has made any effort to repair the crumbling wall. The City’s Inspectional Services Department took the building owner to housing court this week as both parties argue over who is responsible for the repair.
After two weeks of inquiries to Inspectional Services and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, the assigned building inspector said he would not comment on the situation without clearance from their media representative, who did not return calls.
Sources close to the situation say the City is trying to hold the Hanover Street property owner responsible for the repair while the building owner claims the City did not properly remove an adjoining structure when the Prado was built decades ago. The Prado was initially created by demolishing housing in the area to make the public pathway from Hanover St. to Unity St.