Port Mersey Road Frontage

The Queens County Advance - - OP-ED -

Most Brook­lyn prop­erty own­ers, where prop­er­ties bor­der on a road or street, keep them in good ap­pear­ance. Even though Port Mersey’s main en­trance, the grassy ar­eas to the right and along the road­side are well kept, the sec­tion left of the main en­trance to the for­mer Liver­pool Co-op store shows signs of ne­glect.

The rust­ing fence with old signs dis­played on it, some lit­ter in be­hind, bushes em­bed­ded in the fence, and bushes and trees pro­trud­ing from the bank be­hind the fence are all un­sightly.

I have boy­hood mem­o­ries of that area. My par­ents would take my sis­ter and me to visit Louise Tay­lor, who lived next to the Wil­lard God­frey house, which be­came the Liver­pool Co-op.

In the mid-1930s, the Mersey Paper Co. Ltd. bought the prop­erty and tore the house down, mak­ing way to erect a fence around their prop­erty. I also re­mem­ber play­ing ball in that cor­ner of the prop­erty with the Brook­lyn boys and men from the mill. Above all, I re­mem­ber help­ing to paint that fence 35 years ago when I was em­ployed at Bowa­ter Mersey.

The bank be­hind the fence was part of a dyke around three large oil stor­age tanks in that area, which serves no pur­pose to­day. What an im­prove­ment it would make if the fence were cleared and painted and the bank re­moved, giv­ing way to an orig­i­nal view of the plant and of the har­bor as it was some 80 years ago.

Surely the com­pany of­fi­cials will con­sider im­prov­ing the look of this sec­tion of their road­side prop­erty.


Charles Richard­son Brook­lyn, N.S.

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