For the third time in four months, the City Council said it wants to have a full conversation about downtown parking.
But it still hasn't determined how to do that - whether that means hiring a consultant or doing it internally. On Tuesday, the council agreed to have the city solicitor craft an order to have the newly constructed Summer Street surface lot have 90 minutes of free parking instead of the current 30 minutes. But not before many councilors pled for a wider examination of the overa
The Traffic Commission isn't willing to remove meters from the newly opened Columbus Street surface lot but is willing to discuss an overall examination of the entire meter system.
Berkshire Nautilus Owner Jim Ramondetta and Manager Glen McBurney have been fighting the city over the new meters. Prior to the garage being torn down and replaced, there were free three-hour public spaces.
The Community Development Board is temporarily halting its request that city officials halt all permitting for additions to Proprietor's Lodge but will be keeping a close eye on the operations.
The lodge received a special permit earlier this year from parking requirements and it had presented a parking management plan. The permit was needed because of additional space being created but Proprietor's was not expanding its occupancy. The lodge was given a special permit to add a deck, ceremony
The Community Development Board is telling city staff not to sign off on anything more regarding Proprietor's Lodge's expansion as they looking into allegations that the company is not complying with its parking plan.
The board received two complaints about the restaurant and event venue at the former ITAM alleging that the company is not in compliance with a parking plan the board approved.
The commission in January voted to raise the price in the Center Street lot by $10 but couldn't address the St. Anthony lot because it had not been put on the agenda. On Monday, the commissioners agreed that permits in both lots should cost the same.
The Rusty Anchor is looking to take a page out of Proprietor's Lodge book by shuttling people to events.
Scott Graves, the owner of the members-only club on Pontoosuc Lake, in the former boathouse formerly owned by the YMCA, renovated its second-floor last year and is now looking to host events there.
Lipton Mart on Elm Street is looking to demolish a residential home on Livingston Avenue for more parking.
The company purchased the 1,200 square-foot home at 11 Livingston and is looking to add a half dozen new spaces. The Zoning Board of Appeals granted a permit for the work on Wednesday.
The Community Development Board granted a parking waiver to Proprietor's Lodge Tuesday despite opposition from neighbors.
The former ITAM building was renovated into a new reception hall and restaurant and the owner is looking to expand with a new ceremony room and a breakout space. But the neighbors feel the traffic congestion has gotten out of control and objected to the plans feeling that it will cause even more problems.
Proprietor's Lodge is looking to add two new spaces to its existing building — a ceremony room and a breakout space.
But neighbors are saying the business at the former Itam Lodge is growing entirely too fast and is causing problems in the tight residential area.
Working off a report by Stantec Consulting Services, the commission determined that a crosswalk would not be safe in that area and that the issue of students crossing Church Street might better be addressed through changing bus routes.
At issue was a patch of land currently occupied by trailers related to the $64 million building project. As construction winds down, construction manager Turner Construction plans to remove the trailers and return the land to its natural state.