945 Commercial Street

945 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

945 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

The Oceanside Condominium has been a regular trophy case of sports figures, like Leonard Elmore, a commentator for ESPN and CBS, former New York Knick and New Jersey Net, and Harvard-educated lawyer; Gerald “Cheesy” Cheevers and John “Pie” McKenzie, former Boston Bruins; and Lawrence Pleau, who played at the 1968 Winter Olympics and coached the Hartford Whalers. Dale Ann Clark shared this history from Joan O’Neill, an original unit owner. She said Oceanside, from 1975, was the first condo in town to be built as such, rather than being converted. If it looks a bit like the Bay Colony condos at 690 Commercial, this is no coincidence. Clark told me they were built by the same developer. Residents were once able to fish from their decks. So much sand has been deposited that Oceanside is now about 450 feet from the water.

More than 2,000 buildings and vessels are searchable on buildingprovincetown.com. The Building Provincetown book is available for purchase ($20) at Town Hall, Office of the Town Clerk, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657.

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