The Massa family has a special connection to the Lady of the Lake statue in Pulteney Park.
Nick Massa Jr.’s grandfather, Dominick, was the mason for the re-construction of the stone base, fountain, pool and pedestal where the statue sits in the park.
Massa Construction has repaired the statue area several times over the years and the family owns Pulteney Apartments across the street from the park.
The family’s latest involvement began last September when a motorist driving east up Washington Street passed out at the top of the street due to a medical issue. She drove straight ahead into the west side stone base of the statue and fountain, damaging the stone. But she was not seriously injured.
“We wanted to fix it, so we talked to the city and went about finding the same Georgia pink marble or at least as close as we could come to it,” said Massa Jr.
They began repairing the stone in early May and plan to have it ready by Memorial Day for the annual ceremonies conducted there each year.
“We will do all the mason and stone work and repaint the inside of the pool and get the fountain working again,” he said.
Massa Construction also made other repairs in 1997 and 2003.