51-57 West Vine Street

51-57 West Vine Street, by David W. Dunlap.

51-57 West Vine Street, by David W. Dunlap.

51-57 West Vine Street, by David W. Dunlap.

51-57 West Vine Street, by David W. Dunlap.

Few parcels in town have been transformed as dramatically in recent years as the property at West Vine and Creek Road. Five years ago, the only building on it was a modest one-family home (pictured) that had been occupied for years by Gabriel Fratus, a fireman and laborer, and his wife, Emily Fratus. Their daughter Catherine (Fratus) Kelly divided the parcel into six lots, one of which is set aside as a spade toad sanctuary. The other five have been purchased sequentially by Ronald Reil of Provincetown Builders, and are being developed as 19 Creek Road and as 51, 53, 55 and 57 West Vine. Reil told me the five lots will eventually have six buildings with 16 units, 1,175 square feet each.


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