The Sullivan Report

              PHOTOS

CLAREMONT MUNICIPAL SKATEBOARD PARK 

 PHOTOS COURTESY OF ADAM BURKE

THE BROWN BLOCK ON OPERA HOUSE SQUARE

THE PETERSON BUILDING ON WATER STREET

THE WOVEN LABEL BUILDING

BEHIND THE PETERSON BUILDING

 BEHI

THE WAINSHAL BUILDING ON WATER STREET

THE SAWTOOTH PARKING GARAGE ON MAIN STREET

                 THE WATER STREET MILL PROJECT

            PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUDITH MORIARTY

                             PETERSON BUILDING

                         VIEW FROM MAIN STREET

              BEHIND THE PETERSON BUILDING

VIEW FROM PETERSEN BUILDING DOWN MAIN STREET

                     BEHIND WAINSHAL BUILDING

                      INSIDE WAINSHAL BUILDING

        SAWTOOTH BUILDING PARKING GARAGE SITE

             FENCE AROUND SAWTOOTH BUILDING

WONDER HOW MUCH THIS RENT-A-FENCE IS COSTING

                  THE CLAREMONT TAXPAYERS?

              THE OSCAR BROWN BLOCK PROJECT

           PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUDITH MORIARTY

THIS PROJECT BEGAN ON DECEMBER 11, 2002. MAIN

STREET DIRECTOR ANTHONY LYONS & CITY MANAGER

GUY SANTAGATE SPEARHEADED THIS PROJECT WHICH

ALLOWED THE CLAREMONT MAIN STREET ORGANIZATION

TO PURCHASE THE FULLY OCCUPIED BUILDING. ALL THE

TENANTS (INCLUDING A RESTAURANT) WERE THEN

EVICTED, THE BUILDING WAS GUTTED AND AFTER THAT

ALL WORK SUDDENLY STOPPED. THE BUILDING HAS

REMAINED DORMANT EVER SINCE. IN 2003 MR. LYONS

QUIT THE MAIN STREET ORGANIZATION (WHICH

ACCORDING TO MEDIA ACCOUNTS WAS LOSING

LARGE NUMBERS OF MEMBERS AND DONATIONS) AND

TOOK A POSITION WITHIN THE SANTAGATE

ADMINISTRATION (ONE OF MR. LYONS TASKS WAS TO

ADMINISTER THE C.D.B.G. GRANT THE CITY GOT FOR THE

BROWN BLOCK PROJECT, MEANING THAT MR.

LYONS HAD WORKED THIS PROJECT FROM BOTH SIDES

UNTIL HE LEFT FOR A POSITION IN GAINESVILLE

FLORIDA). AT THE PRESENT TIME THE MAIN STREET

ORGANIZATION IS TRYING TO DUMP THE BUILDING ONTO

A KEENE NH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP,

PROVIDED ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT CAN

BE RAISED. THE GAINESVILLE SUN RECENTLY DID A

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ABOUT ANTHONY LYONS.

GAINESVILLE SUN BUSINESS EDITOR ANTHONY CLARK,

(WHO WROTE THE ARTICLE) BEGAN THE STORY BY

STATING "NEVERMIND THE RESUME. ANTHONY LYONS

HAS A TOWN TO SHOWCASE HIS WORK". FURTHER DOWN

THE ARTICLE TOM SAUNDERS, THE GAINESVILLE

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR IS QUOTED AS

SAYING "ANTHONY HAS EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN

STREETSCAPE PROJECTS, IMPLEMENTING PUBLIC

IMPROVEMENTS, NEGOTIATING AGREEMENTS WITH

DEVELOPERS AND IN ENSURING THE URBAN DESIGN

QUALITY IS HIGH IN ALL PROJECTS".  IT'S BEEN SAID

THAT "A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS".

THESE PICTURES TELL A VERY DIFFERENT STORY THAN

WHAT APPEARED IN THIS GAINESVILLE SUN ARTICLE.

     READ THE ARTICLE AND JUDGE FOR YOURSELF.

   USE THIS LINK TO READ GAINESVILLE SUN ARTICLE

 

        LOWE'S SITE TAKEN FROM CHESTNUT STREET

            PHOTO COURTESY OF JUDITH MORIARTY

IF YOU LOOK THROUGH THE TREELINE YOU CAN SEE THE

TOXIC DIRT PILED ON THE SITE. SOME OF THIS DIRT WAS

TAKEN FROM MONADNOCK PARK. THE CITY DONATED

THE SOIL TO THE LOWE'S PROJECT  WHEN THE CITY WAS

BUILDING THE RUNNING TRACK. IT WAS LATER

DISCOVERED THAT THE DIRT FROM THE PARK WAS ALSO

CONTAMINATED, EXCEEDING THE SAFE LEVEL TO BE

TOUCHED SO IT HAD TO BE ENCAPSULATED IN A

MINIMUM OF TWO FEET OF DIRT IN ORDER TO BE

CONSIDERED SAFE.  WE MADE PUBLIC THE EPA REPORT

WHICH PROVES THIS SEVERAL MONTHS AGO AND THUS

FAR CITY OFFICIALS HAVE DONE NOTHING TO ENSURE

THE SAFETY OF THE CLAREMONT CITIZENS WHO USE THE

PARK (MOST OF WHOM ARE YOUNG CHILDREN).

             THE VISITOR CENTER

IN 2001 THE RECENTLY COMPLETED VISITOR

CENTER, (WHICH WAS FUNDED WITH FEDERAL

GRANT MONEY) WAS VACANT. THE ORIGINAL PLAN

WAS TO ONLY USE THE TOP FLOOR OF THE

BUILDING. AT THAT TIME THE ONLY THING THAT 

STILL NEEDED TO BE DONE BEFORE OCCUPING THE

BUILDING WAS FOR THE TOP FLOOR TO BE MADE

A.D.A. COMPLIANT. CLAREMONT'S NEW CITY

MANAGER GUY SANTAGATE DECIDED TO TURN

THE VISITOR CENTER IN AN ANNEX OF CITY HALL

BY PLACING BOTH THE PLANNING & ECONOMIC

DEVELOPMENT OFFICES ON THE FIRST FLOOR. THE

A.D.A. COMPLIANCY ISSUES WEREN'T ADDRESSED.

THE GOVERNMENT AGENCY WHO SUPPLIED THE

FUNDS TO BUILD THE VISITOR CENTER LATER

DEMANDED THAT THE FIRST FLOOR BE TURNED

INTO A VISITOR CENTER OR THE FEDERAL FUNDS

USED TO BUILD THE VISITOR CENTER BE

RETURNED. THE CITY MANAGER THEN DECIDED TO

MOVE THE GOVERNMENT OFFICES DOWNSTAIRS

MAKING MATTERS EVEN WORSE BECAUSE NOW

TWO FLOORS OF THIS BUILDING WOULD HAVE TO

BE BROUGHT INTO A.D.A. COMPLIANCE WHICH

WOULD NOW INCLUDE THE INSTALLATION OF

AN ELEVATOR ALL AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE. IN 2006

AN AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED BETWEEN THE U.S.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE CLAREMONT

CITY MANAGER, REQUIRING CLAREMONT TO MAKE

THE ENTIRE VISITOR CENTER A.D.A. COMPLIANT

BY THE END OF 2006 (EXCEPT FOR THE

INSTALLATION OF THE NEW ELEVATOR WHICH HAS

TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 2007). THE

PHOTOS BELOW TAKEN OF THE VISITOR CENTER

BY TWO LOCAL RESIDENTS, ON  DECEMBER 28,

2006 CLEARLY SHOW THAT MANY OF THE THINGS

THE AGREEMENT REQUIRED BE DONE BY THE END

OF 2006, HAS YET TO BE DONE. SINCE THE MONEY

WAS BUDGETED WHY WASN'T THE WORK DONE?

WAS THE MONEY SPENT ELSEWHERE? HOW WILL

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RESPOND?

       HERE'S THE LINK FOR THE AGREEMENT:

               http://www.ada.gov/claremont.htm

                     PHOTOS COURTESY OF:

                         ROLAND IRISH III

                                     &

                         LARRY STEVENS

                  HANDICAPPED PARKING

                     CRACK IN SIDEWALK

                  DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM

                    DOWNSTAIRS KITCHEN

                       IMPROPER SIGNAGE

                    IMPROPER STAIR SIGNAGE

                           MAIN ENTRANCE

                         MAIN SIDEWALK

                           SIGNS MISSING

                  STAIRS TO DOWNSTAIRS

                      UPSTAIRS BATHROOM

                             DOWNSTAIRS

                    DOWNSTAIRS DRIVEWAY

                    DOWNSTAIRS ENTRANCE

            PAD ON WEST SIDE OF BUILDING

                          SECOND CRACK