Last year I wrote about the demolition of some old industrial buildings in the block bounded by Prospect Ave, Bernard St, Spring Ave, and the railroad tracks.
At the time I originally noticed the demolition I was unsure of its purpose, but speculated that this had something to do with work on the Grand viaduct and Metrolink station. However disappointed I was about the clearing of this site, the buildings were ill-suited to reuse. The old May Company warehouse at Market and Spring was freshly renovated, and I was hoping that The Armory would be next. The idea that a new and improved Metrolink station could attract transit oriented development there was too exciting to ignore.
Unfortunately, upon returning to the site a couple of weeks ago, I found that a tall, permanent fence, topped with barbed wire was being installed all around the block. Workers on the site then confirmed to me that they were constructing an electrical substation. Even to those who considered the block’s previous occupant an eyesore, a substation will almost certainly be uglier.