Parking at Waters Avenue needs some discussion

March 11, 2010
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The developer of a major housing project on Waters Avenue has petitioned the city for a variance.

The developer needs close to 400 parking spaces for the 198 units he is seeking to build.

However, paper work presented at city hall reveals he is asking to provide 98 spaces only.

If approved, such a variance would cause dramatic impact to the parking situation in and around the development, in a heavily populated residential area of the city just off Main Street.

Providing slightly less than half the spaces necessary would be poor public policy at a time when so much is being done to steer the city in the right direction for the future.

This issue must be carefully scrutinized.