From approximately 1887 thru the late 1930‘s or early 1940‘s, gas used for cooking, lighting, heating and commercial purposes was manufactured here. Substantial amounts of coal tar were produced as a byproduct, and some of that tar leaked into subsurface soils, where it remains today.
National Grid has been conducting environmental testing on the lot since 2009 and is responsible for the remediation of this site because it was operated by a National Grid predecessor company at the time contamination occurred. Final results and a plan for cleanup are still pending.
Meanwhile in the Summer of 2012, the Open Space Alliance began using this location for its summer concert series OSA Presents and issued a call for proposals to develop the space into a temporary park.