Forty-five years ago I began buying the five houses along the north side of E. Grand Street as they came on the market. Their back yards butted up against the south border of my firm, Glenstone Block Company, which faced on Glenstone, one of the busiest streets in Springfield. I wanted the properties in case I might need room to expand the block storage yard some day. In this old picture, the block plant is not shown and the houses are hidden by the trees.
In the meantime, our property manager kept the houses rented. Glenstone Block Company (1945-2008) is no more and the 80-year-old houses are no longer attractive on today’s market. I’m in the process of having them removed to open up a large tract of land suitable for something new. Ideas are under consideration. Hopefully, something will be finalized by the end of the year or early in 2023.