The owner of Berkshire Nautilus is glad to see the eyesore of a Columbus Avenue parking garage come down. But, he feels deceived by the city because now parking meters are eyed for the new surface lot.
"I was literally stunned to learn for the very first time that not only would there be no additional free three-hour public spaces created with this," Owner Jim Ramondetta told the City Council on Tuesday.
The Columbus Avenue parking garage will be torn down at the end of this month.
After years of pushing for state funding to build a new garage on the site to no available, the city is moving forward with demolishing the garage and making a surface lot. The work is expected to start on March 25 and vehicles are directed to park in the Depot Street lot instead.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With or without state support, the city is going to tear down the Columbus Avenue garage.
The City Council on Tuesday preliminarily approved $2 million toward tearing down that garage and instead putting in a surface parking lot. However, the city is still holding out how that the state will allocate funds to rebuild a three-story garage on the site instead.