Ron Newman wrote:(Disclaimer: I'm a member of the Somerville Bicycle Committee, which strongly supports extension of this path.)
Three buildings are currently located on the site. All three are no longer in use and have fallen in to various states of disrepair. Over the past eighty years the site has been home to a number of industrial uses including a Hires Root Beer factory, package factory, construction supply, and International Paper factory. The name “Maxpak Site” is taken from one of the industrial companies that had used the site in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. The last industrial user, L Hide Construction Supplies, closed its doors in 2002. In 1999 a SABIS charter school with 108 students opened a new structure at 61 Clyde Street. The school remained in operation until 2002. Since the closing of the school the site has been primarily vacant other than occasional temporary use. Both sites are currently owned by KSS Realty Partners.