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The Post's Jonathan O'Connell has posted a story today detailing the rise and fall of Monument Realty on Half Street--how the company snapped up parcel after parcel of land just north of the ballpark footprint during 2004 and 2005, how they spared no expense to market their holdings, and how just as they dug the hole for the residential portion of their project, the economy collapsed, taking with it Lehman Brothers, their big financial backer.
It also gets itno how it's now been sold to the MacFarlane/Lynch partnership, even though "Monument wanted to see the project through as well, but had its hands tied by the Lehman estate, which wanted to sell."
You may recognize some of the photos accompanying the piece, and I also cop to being the owner of all of the "swag" displayed in the article, thanks to attending various Monument shindigs over the years, and thanks also to being an unrepentant pack rat. I spent years holding onto t-shirts, brochures, and even trading cards all because "someday someone might want to see them." And that someday is today!
It's a good read, and I'd say that even if I hadn't provided some assistance.
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JD says: (10/2/14 5:24 PM)
In other news, I made a pretty big update on the site today (two of them, actually). See if you can figure out where, before I tell the world.

Hint: It was SORELY needed. DESPERATELY. EMBARRASSINGLY.


Chris says: (10/14/14 2:24 AM)
Where did all the trees come from? Did Monument plant them?


JD says: (10/14/14 11:26 AM)
I think all the greenery is just "volunteer." Must have been the fill dirt they trucked in when they shored up the walls with some extra dirt in 2010ish.


George VII says: (10/14/14 5:00 PM)
I am suggesting this parcel be referred to as Monument Valley. It has a bit more class than the hole just north of the ballpark.

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