The large hole appeared right after the Blizzard of 2013. Find out how it got there.
Drivers heading down Mt. Auburn Street can't miss the big hole in the street that appeared after the Blizzard of 2013, but how did it get there? The hole, which was patched over but now has cones around it, sits outside Jasmine Taste of Persia restaurant in Coolidge Square. Gerald Mee, superintendent of Public Works, said the hole was created during efforts to clear snow from the sidewalk after the blizzard. A front loader scraping snow from the sidewalk hit a fire hydrant, and water started pouring out of the pipe, Mee said. Besides making the crater, which is about 20 feet wide, it also sent dirt and gravel into the window of Jasmine Taste of Persia and broke windows of the restaurant.
Readers want to know what happens to the funds that go to local charities and groups if and when the Arsenal on the Charles is sold by Harvard.
When Harvard purchased the Arsenal on the Charles complex in 2002, the university agreed to a number of payments to the town of Watertown as part of the 50 year agreement, including a $100,000 payment annually for local charities and organizations. The agreement, known as a payment in lieu of taxes (or PILOT), was put in place because as an educational institution Harvard does not have to pay regular property taxes. Now the Arsenal on the Charles is under agreement to be sold from Harvard to Athenahealth - one of the current tennants of the complex. Watertown Patch readers wondered, what will happen to the charitable monies if and when the complex is sold? Looks like Watertown will lose the charitable funds, which go to what is known …