>When did the Marsh parking lot become a truck stop?

>If you travel into Greenville on 36 East (Martin Street), you might have noticed a new eyesore on your way into town. The old Marsh Supermarket closed its doors for good a few years ago. Since then, private sellers have occasionally used the spot for advertising their used vehicles for sale. But lately, truckers have been using the space to park (store? dump?) their semis, and in some cases their trailers. In the picture below (taken this afternoon), two orphaned trailers and a full semi are just sitting there making a nice impression for westbound visitors to Greenville.

The property is now owned by developer Paragon KLC Greenville, LLC, which is located in Indianapolis. Hey Paragon … take care of your property.

  1. #1 by Anonymous on July 7, 2009 - 12:04 am

    >I had noticed that myself. Can't we get John Schmidt after these guys 🙂

  2. #2 by Anonymous on July 7, 2009 - 12:35 am

    >I'm guessing that the property owners know about this. Most trucking companies contact property owners where drivers park their equipment while home. These are local guys that are working hard, and cant park their equipment on city streets, and have no where to park while they are home with family. I'd like to see the city work with the property owner, and encourage all the RV traffic that pass by here on the way to eldora to park here and shop downtown. There is no where for these people who have cash in their pockets to park when they have large rv's or campers in tow. If John Schmidt starts chasing trucks and their drivers out of town, there will be more job losses.

  3. #3 by Darke Journal on July 7, 2009 - 1:53 am

    >Don't necessarily want to start an argument, but I blew up the photo – and the one trailer has the logo "West Side Transport, Cedar Rapids, IA" on it. Does that make a difference?

  4. #4 by Anonymous on July 7, 2009 - 2:26 am

    >Thats where their hq is. Basf is based in germany. Just as i am sure dick lavy has drivers that live in other towns besides versailles. Im sure there are lavy drivers that live out of the midwest. Trucking companies get contracts all over the usa and canada and then hire regional drivers for that area. Thus the equipment stays with the driver not the terminal.

  5. #5 by Anonymous on July 7, 2009 - 3:06 am

    >The commenter above is very correct, the driver may live in the area. Nobody likes trucks despite them being so necessary. But bulk materials and finished goods are carried upon trucks. A shirt from JCPenny, fries from McDonald's, gasoline at Speedway, and on and on. West Side Transport has a 4 to 1 trailer to tractor ratio. At any given time 75% of the company's trailers are going to be dropped somewhere. Trailer pools make the trucking industry more efficient which means less costs passed on to the consumer. Dropped trailers also make shipping/receiving facilities more efficient – again, less cost passed on to you.I also want to add that DOT regulations require drivers to take a 10 hour break after 11 hours driving. They are also limited to 70 hours on duty time in 8 days, or can reset with 34 hours off duty time. Obviously Greenville lacks a truck stop, so it's unavoidable even non-local drivers will need to make 10 or 34 hour layovers in Greenville.I understand the eyesore concern and wish more people took pride in the county, but cut a little slack for truckers and trucking companies.

  6. #6 by Darke Journal on July 7, 2009 - 3:19 am

    >OK – we've all been educated a little bit. However, Martin Street is the main entrance into our town for just about anybody traveling in from the east. It just doesn't look good. And you can't tell me there aren't 20 other places to park in Greenville. My son plays t-ball at the Sater Park – and you can't look in any direction without seeing an empty lot somewhere. Why not there instead of the main route into Greenville?

  7. #7 by Anonymous on July 7, 2009 - 3:38 am

    >its all up to the property owners. Nobody wants trailers in their eyesight, but they are a necessity to each and everyone of us. I understand your concern about it not looking good on the entrance to the city, but in my opinion, there are some properties on Martin St. that stick out as an eyesore much more than a few tractor trailers. Maybe they could park the trucks behind the building.

  8. #8 by Anonymous on July 7, 2009 - 5:02 pm

    >just so ya know vehicles for sale are not to be parked there but people do it… police every once in awhile tag em for towing so i wouldnt park there

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