Not hard to find parking on a Sunday morn after UMass lets out
Senior Town Planner Jeff Bagg has become the de facto Parking Czar having helped organize three public forums on the issue over the past year co-sponsored by the Select Board, keepers of the public way, and the Planning Board.
On Monday night he presented a "draft report" to the Select Board thus kick starting a process that will hopefully lead to solutions that can be implemented in our lifetime.
Jeff Bagg presenting parking study draft report to Amherst Select Board
By far finding #1 was "Begin planning process for new parking facility now" with 84% of respondents supporting the question (all of them drivers no doubt). The other major finding is for the town to figure out a way to "maximize the efficiency and availability of existing parking supply."
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And the key suggestion is to do both simultaneously, since constructing a parking garage takes more time than some downtown businesses have to spare. The "100 years war" was named after the first fiasco erecting the Boltwood Parking Garage 15 years ago.
Existing parking lot behind CVS is perfect spot, but half privately owned