As far as annoyances go, it’s puny. But a recent observation posted to Twitter captured the issue in a most excellent way. It’s funny because it’s true.
The escalator at Pike and Broadway’s Harvard Market shopping center is always broken.
“We’ve spent a quarter of a million — $250,000 — repairing the escalator and the elevator,” Harvard Market partner Morris Groberman tells CHS. “Just when we think we have them fixed…” Groberman trails off. “They’re very sensitive escalators.”
Groberman said the problem isn’t just with the shopping center’s escalator on its northeast corner but also the building’s elevators. “Basically what’s going on now is vandalism,” Groberman said. “Somebody just kicked out the buttons on the other elevator.”
The result is an ongoing cycle of small but expensive repairs — a recent decision by somebody to kick in the escalator’s emergency button cost $11,000 to fix.
“We’re throwing all the money we can at this escalator,” Groberman said. “But until people stop vandalizing it, it’s going to break.”
The Harvard Market is a peculiar development on Capitol Hill. We looked at the 90s-era shopping center’s history in this 2010 CHS article. With a large upper level parking lot as well as an underground garage, it has parking assets unlike any likely to be seen on Capitol Hill again. The retail units are 100% leased these days, Groberman says, with a new salon the latest to join the mix. Groberman says its a successful shopping development.
Now they just need a solution to keep the escalator running — or at least useful as stairs.
“If people in the area abuse it, what can we do?” Groberman says. We’re assuming the CHS comments might have a few ideas.