Updates and Meetings

After some questions this week, I’ve added some new info to the website.  Information about ways to pay one’s condo fees are now available on the Condo Living page here.  I also made some tweaks to the Contact page.

Please be aware that while I don’t mind trying to answer general questions and you may get a response a bit faster, I can’t guarantee the answer will be right.  Unless a question is specifically about the site, it’s usually best to ask Cathy Deloge (royal.cathy@comcast.net).  On the other hand, it does sometimes prompt me to add useful stuff to the site!

There is a Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting a week from tomorrow, Monday, the 24th at 7:00 at LTC (246 Market St.).  The agenda is as follows:

  1. Introduction of Officers.
  2. Secretary’s Report for LDNA meeting 11/24/2014.
  3. Treasurer’s Report.
  4. Election of LDNA officers for 2015.
  5. Lowell Police Department Downtown report .
  6. Lowell 2015: Arts & Events (speakers from COOL & ALL)
  7. Discussion of any recent parking ordinance changes (Councilor Corey Belanger).
  8. Report of Election Results; Miscellaneous; Questions & answers.
  9. Adjournment by 9 PM.

For anyone interested, I got responses from exactly half of the subscribers in response to the last Bulletin Board posting. I assume there are also at least a few people who didn’t check their e-mail or didn’t bother to respond. So I believe the system is working at my end. For any subscribers not getting notifications, I’m not a web pro so I’m sort of at a loss as to what to suggest beyond the usual “check your spam filter” and “add admin@canalplaceone.com to your address book.” I might also suggest you send an e-mail to admin@canalplaceone.com and specifically ask me to respond from the administrator address (rather than from my personal one); exchanging an e-mail or two might clear the admin address of any spam suspicions in the eyes of your filters.

It seems that this recent problem with notifications was prompted by one of the automatic updates of the blog software that the Bulletin Board uses, so it may crop up again with future updates.  Just something to be aware of; you can always check if you’ve missed something by going to the Bulletin Board directly.

Subscription Check & Fountain Update

Hello all!  Please send me a quick reply if you get this notification email.  One subscriber, who was formerly getting emails about new posts, has recently stopped receiving them.  Before I go step by step through every possible reason at my end, it would be good to know if others are still being notified of new posts (as admin, my notifications are still coming through).  Thanks!

The fountain has obviously spent another lifeless holiday season—alas.  But progress has been made. The plumber and fountain company completed their portion of the work last week.  A work crew is due to be here in another week to reinstall the granite, clean and seal the metal surround, and get the fountain ready to go.  The doors from the atrium to the lobby are scheduled to be changed out at the same time (I believe this is to satisfy some code concerns and that it is being done at the contractor’s expense).  Following all that, there should be painters and carpet people in cleaning up the last of the atrium odds and ends.  This atrium project has been a bit of a haul, but the end is in sight!


Christmas Trees and Special Item Disposal

For those of you expecting Santa to be particularly generous this year, it happens that this weekend is “Material Saturday” in Lowell. Old TVs, mattresses, appliances, and a number of other hard-to-dispose-of items can be dropped off (some require a small fee) at the Lowell Regional Waste Water Utility at 451 First Street Blvd between 8 am and noon on Saturday.  For more info, click here.

Lowell Boy Scout Troop 23 is again picking up Christmas trees in return for a donation (usually $20 or $25) as part of a fundraiser.  It’s a bit tricky being in a big building; one year we had them phone us and we brought the tree down to them at the loading dock, another year we left it outside the front entrance and taped a check to the front door.  But I’m sure you can work something out if you’d like to avoid hauling the tree off yourself.  More info can be found here.

If you’d rather just get rid of the tree yourself, you can find the city information about drop off sites here.

Please remember to wrap your tree in something (an old sheet always works for us) before taking it out of the building—a dry tree will leave needles everywhere!  And trees should be brought down in the freight elevator, not the front one.  Thank you, everyone, for being considerate of your neighbors.


The Latest Masonry Report (& Happy Holidays!)

The latest of the masonry reports is now available here.  And the combined reports—there’s a link on the link page—now include the newest report also.

No word yet about the Boy Scouts’ Christmas tree pickup program for this year.  I’ll pass it along as soon as I hear anything.

I’d also like to wish everyone the best of holidays. Stay warm, stay safe, and may both the season and the coming year bring joy and good health!



Closet Designs

Turn about is fair play, and the resident who asked about opening up the upstairs hallway is now kindly sharing closet designs he had done up:

“Thank you so much for the information you provided regarding the hallway upstairs.  I knew there was wasted space there.  Also, a side benefit to redoing that area there is to block off the air movement between apartments.  I get some odors coming up through that area.

I have attached some design documents I had done by ClosetMaid for my two bedroom closets.  I thought I would share this.  Just some ideas here.  This didn’t cost too much and is much better than what I had to start with.  One thing I decided to do was to get these bins which act like drawers.  I have no dresser.  This opens up so much space in the bedrooms.” 

I’m always jealous of people with marvelously open bedrooms; ours is pretty crowded with three dressers.  But that’s what happens with three adults and too many ballgowns sharing a two bedroom condo!  For those of you who can afford to get rid of some bureaus, here are links to pdfs of the designs: Bedroom 1: option 1 and option 2.  Bedroom 2: option 1 and option 2.

Request for Remodeling Ideas (& some answers)

I got the following request for info from a resident.  Following it is my response and some photos of what we’ve done.  I’ll be happy to post any other answers people want to share!

I’ve lived at Canal Place One for almost 3 years.  I’ve fixed and upgraded several things so far.  I am thinking of my next project.

When I was looking, I remember seeing some pictures of some upgrades people had done to their apartments.  Specifically to the kitchen.  I saw an arch way to the kitchen and then over by the refrigerator another arch way to the living/dining area.  I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share some dimensions on that and if there were any challenges to moving any of the electric on the wall between the kitchen and the living/dining area.

Another thing I was looking at recently is the upstairs hall to the bedrooms (don’t ask me why I started thinking about this).  If you notice, there is a box out of the column in the hallway and the box out juts out into the hall.  Eventually, I want to get new carpeting for upstairs so I am planning ahead.  If I could capture some more space up there, then I might be willing to mess with this AND I would rather look at a nice column as opposed to the box out.  I noticed that there is nothing in that box out except the column.  If you get a flash light and look in there, in my case the column is still painted but I’m sure it would be an easy thing to strip that paint off.  The next thing I was wondering was why is it that they brought the wall all the way out to the edge of the beam?  Again, I think this is wasted space.  Has anyone ever reworked this area?  Thanks.
My answer:
We didn’t just open up that hallway wall, we opened up the one in the loft too.
The wall in the hallway was fairly straightforward and not only gained us generous floor to ceiling bookcases but actually widened the hallway by an inch at the same time.  The loft wall was trickier and the shelves had to work around ductwork and plumbing (at the left of the photo above you can see the gap where the ductwork forces a break in the shelving).  I believe the original contractor simply boxed everything in to keep costs down; boxing was faster and cheaper than making detailed use of the space and it saved him from stripping the paint and graffiti off the columns. I’ve also been told that the bottom floors of the building have metal columns rather than the prettier wood ones.
When we redid the kitchen, we didn’t open up the wall to the living room but we did add a stained glass window (BTW, any time you open a wall, I believe Lowell requires a permit).  Our contractor didn’t have any trouble shifting the wiring to the side to allow for the opening.  If you were opening the whole wall you’d have to actually move the thermostat rather than just the wiring.
 kitchen window1
To anyone considering remodeling: Please do make sure you get any needed permissions from the Association and permits from the city before any major remodeling.  Check with Cathy if you’re not sure.  While it may sound intrusive, it’s actually for everyone’s protection—and so we don’t have any do-it-yourself catastrophes that damage property and drive up insurance!

Another Local Shopping Weekend

Just a reminder that Western Ave Studios will hold another holiday shopping weekend from noon to 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday, plus a special evening on Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00.

And Mill #5 will have their OtherWhere Market from 12:00 to 6:30 on Saturday, complete with a harpist for some mood music!  We attended their bazaar last week and found quite a lively crowd and lots of interesting goods.  We even managed to get some shopping done for some of the tougher people on our gift list!

Christmas Trees

Just wanted to let people know that, while I personally enjoy the smell of balsam in the front elevator, and I don’t think there was an official notice from the management on the subject this year, the usual rule is that Christmas trees should be wrapped when being carried through the building and that they should go in the back freight elevator only.  We always cart ours in and out wrapped in an old sheet so that no one is stuck cleaning up a trail of needles.

For newcomers to our building: Following the holidays, Lowell has various Christmas tree drop-off sites and there’s a local Boy Scout troop that will pick up your used tree in return for a donation.  I’ll post more about those options as we get nearer to take-down-tree time instead of put-up-tree time.

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