Gossips has told the story of this monument to wrong-headed urban planning before. Built in 1975 and dubbed Parkview Plaza, it was to be Hudson's answer to the strip malls of Greenport, complete with off-street parking. Three years later, in 1978, without a single store ever having opening in the ill-fated plaza, the bank foreclosed and ended up taking possession of the building. The picture below appeared in the Register-Star in 1978, accompanying the story of the foreclosure and sale on the steps of the courthouse.
As a reminder of what was lost, the picture below, taken in 1973, shows the buildings that were demolished to make way for this exemplar of the golden age of strip mall architecture.
Upstreet, at 551 Warren Street, a facade is being restored to its appearance in a different era: the 1930s.
The Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to grant certificates of appropriateness to both proposals.
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