I moved here just about 5 years ago and I used to love walking downtown and taking pictures on Main Street, and browsing the shops. Maybe grab a slice of pizza. It was so quaint.
Sadly, over the last 2 years, that end of Main Street has fallen into major disrepair, with condemned buildings and tenants just not being able to make a go of it. This one kind of kicks off the sad part of town. It's really huge and condemned.
But no one has torn it down yet. So there it sits, rotting away.
Was gutted when my bank branch closed down in January. My options were downtown Wareham, or crossing the bridge to Pocasset or Sandwich. None of those are realistic options, so I had to move to a new bank. Now this one's for sale.
This was an antique shop for a few years. They renovated in late 2012 and early 2013 and opened that spring. She had a lot of great stuff too. But unfortunately, the business owner was locked in a major dispute with the guy that supposedly sold them the building but then allegedly reneged on the deal. She was forced to close and move out of town.
Now we get into the derelict buildings. Both of these were occupied by small thrift shops a year or so ago. Can you see the reflection of the RR bridge in the window? These buildings are across the street from our lovely park, the train station and access to the Canal's service road for walking, biking, fishing, etc.
Next to those sits this one.
There's one business between the above and below. This one is also condemned.
Next to that is the now-defunct Jake's Pizza. He started out a couple of years ago and his pizza was great. Sadly, the quality of the food took a nose dive (I actually got very sick after eating an Italian sub sandwich from them). I heard he was offered a great job as a chef so he closed.
Next to Jake's was Canal Creamery Ice Cream. They opened in approximately 2014, in the spring. I heard he couldn't afford a rent increase and was forced to close. There wasn't any business in the winter to justify staying open.
Next to that is what used to be Rust Ed's Antiques. They had some cool stuff too. Heard they closed because the owner got very sick.
Another closed business next to Rust Ed.
Cape Cod Burgers & Fries was doing well until the building next door, vacant and condemned, had its floor cave in over the winter. That rendered the floor in this one too unstable and they were forced to close too. The town has already agreed to have the top 'BBay Nat'l Bank' part removed and placed in the park across the street.
The big ugly pit where the one was torn down (next to Cape Cod Burgers).
No one ever thought the Port O'Call bar would close. It had a reputation as being a big rough and tumble.
There are a few businesses at the very end of the street that are open...Lisa Laine Gifts and Deb's Dog House (the groomer I use). This Yoga place looks like it's going to open....I hope they can make a go of it.
Whatchamacallit Shop, which has managed to stick it out despite the building next door being torn down, is one of the only things left.
This looks so awful. A real blight on the town.
The problems with these buildings are many. They are too run down to be safe. The ones that are habitable are unaffordable. Canal Creamery's rent went up and forced them out. There is a very wealthy person in Bourne who lives in luxury and owns some of these buildings. I don't know if he is responsible to tear them down or the town is, but either way, no one seems to have the money. And if they were razed it would be prohibitively expensive to rebuild. They are in such bad shape that they can't be saved with renovation either.
It breaks my heart because I love BBay and the area has so much potential, but it looks like a run down slum now with no hope for the future. Small wonder I hardly ever walk downtown anymore. It's safe and all, but these empty buildings just creep me out.