Morgan-Perez went on to say it was a key corner, and it would be "a shame to see it go to a new owner and nothing happen with it." Alderman Rich Volo (Fourth Ward) told him there was National Grid equipment on the site which made it not "an ideal piece of property."
Because the conversation seemed to suggest that there might be some National Grid infrastructure buried in the ground, Gossips sought more information from DPW superintendent Rob Perry. Perry explained there was no National Grid equipment on or in the lot itself, it was on the sidewalk: "high pressure blow-off and isolation valves for their gas main." These, he said, had been relocated from Third Street and Prison Alley, but he did not explain why this had to be done.
|At northwest corner of lot|
|At southeast corner of lot|
In answer to Morgan-Perez's original question about intended use, Alderman Dewan Sarowar (Second Ward) provided the information that the Hudson Islamic Center planned to use the lot as a parking area for the mosque now under construction across the street.
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