Amity Street lot yesterday afternoon, Jones Library top center
Amherst Town Meeting, which starts November 2, will be asked to spend $200,000 to completely renovate one of the busiest parking lots in town, the 33 space Amity Street surface lot.
The centrally located lot is contiguous with the Amherst Cinema, with the Jones Library directly across the street. A 2007 parking study found it was 96.5% full between the hours of 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM.
Of course what Amherst really needs to do is increase the supply of parking in the downtown, which doesn't come cheap.
There's been increasing talk about building a parking garage behind the CVS, which was the original preferred location back when the town ended up constructing the tiny Boltwood Walk Garage on the other side of North Pleasant Street.
CVS parking and town owned lot would require Town Meeting zoning change for a garage