Harvard Market shopping center developer Morris Groberman has had enough.
“Truly sad, but economically we could not keep it in operation; every time we fixed it, it was destroyed / vandalized,” Groberman tells CHS about his decision to finally kill off the notoriously broken escalator on the northeast corner of the shopping center at Broadway and Pike.
CHS looked at the history of the Harvard Market development here in 2010. Built as an old-school, parking lot-focused shopping center in the mid-90s, the project continues to be home to a mix of national and regional chains and local independents above a giant grocery store. And, for much of that time, the Harvard Market escalator has been unable to perform its duties of delivering shoppers up and down from the corner of Broadway and Pike.
This time, the fix will be permanent. Harvard Market will spend $160,000 changing the escalator to a staircase, according to a permit filed with the city. Groberman said yet another costly repair — $20,000 — and immediate return to broken status for the troubled escalator was the last straw.
In spring of 2012, we asked Groberman why the escalator connecting the sidewalk to the center’s upper level of stores and parking was 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.”