Topics: Parking

Officials Claim Success With Downtown Paid Parking Trial

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Despite a few setbacks, the paid parking operation at the former Eldredge Garage site did well this summer, providing some relief for motorists and a little revenue for the town. That was the message that Chatham Valet co-owner Miladin Terziyski told town officials late last month. While a committee is still mulling the best long-term uses for the property, this summer’s experiment showed that, par...

Harwich Selectmen Approve Parking Committee Charge

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night approved a charge for an ad hoc parking committee that will examine municipal parking problems in town which are impacting public ways. The absence of public parking in the Harwich Port village was the impetus behind forming the committee, but it will look at issues town wide. “It's not an egregious problem all year long,” said Selectman Donald Howell, who drafted the cha...

Slow Start For Downtown Paid Parking Experiment

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If they’d rather not shark around for an available free parking space, visitors to downtown Chatham have a new option: the lot at 365 Main St., the former Eldredge Garage property. Under a newly signed contract, Chatham Valet, Inc., is operating the site as a paid parking lot, sharing the revenue with the town. While Chatham property owners can park for free, all others pay $15 per day for all-day ...

Selectmen To Appoint Task Force To Study Parking Issues

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town will not be moving forward with developing additional parking at the Schoolhouse parking lot this summer, but town officials are considering a number of short and long-term approaches to address parking in Harwich Port. Those include encouraging people to park in satellite parking lots such as the former fire station on Bank Street and the cultural center on Sisson Road – with possible shutt...

Neighbors Stop Harwich Port Parking Expansion

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT– Faced with opposition from neighbors to a proposal to expand the Schoolhouse parking lot, town officials withdrew the request last week. Town officials were before the planning board seeking a waiver to a site plan issued in 2002 for the parking lot and construction of the chamber of commerce building. Based on the opposition and planning board members' determination that a waiver wasn't the prop...

CHATHAM — With summer underway and the downtown parking spaces already becoming more scarce, town officials are recruiting a private contractor to operate the town-owned Eldredge Garage lot this summer. The plan was recommended as a short-term approach until selectmen decide on the permanent use of the property. The board had previously decided to use the lot for a trial of paid municipal parking, with resid...

HARWICH PORT — While village businesses, the chamber of commerce and town officials are looking for more parking, steps were taken last week to limit parking in the name of public safety. Police Department Lt. Kevin Considine was before selectmen last Tuesday seeking approval for no parking zones in the village. The restricted parking areas being sought were along Cross Street and at the rear access and egress...

Harwich Port Eyes Expanded Parking

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — As the summer season approaches, business owners in Harwich Port are becoming concerned about the availability of parking. Although parking has always been an issue in the village, some people see conditions being further exacerbated by recent development. Efforts are underway to identify additional parking. Relining of one parking area created more than a dozen new spots, and vacant land behind the ...

CHATHAM — Summer visitors will be able to continue to park at the old Eldredge Garage property this summer, but it’ll cost them. In what will be the town’s first experiment with paid parking in downtown Chatham, selectmen this week endorsed a plan to charge visitors – but not Chatham residents or taxpayers – to park at the town-owned site this summer. The recommendation came from the Eldredge Garage prope...

Public Shares Vision For Eldredge Garage Land

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Citizens still have more than a month to sound out on the future of the former Eldredge Garage property, but so far, public parking and rest rooms seem to be the most popular suggestions for the town-owned parcel. Last Thursday, more than a dozen neighborhood residents and other citizens shared their visions for the property with the Eldredge Garage property planning committee. The group will conti...

CHATHAM — With just a few days remaining in 2017, selectmen last week signed papers taking ownership of the former Eldredge Garage property. The year saw voters spending $2.5 million for one of the town’s most significant land purchases; the demolition of a historic building that was, for years, a downtown landmark; and the first dialogue about a new vision for the property. The story actually began in 2016,...

Town Restricts Parking At Eldredge Garage This Winter

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Town officials have not yet decided on long-term uses for the former Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St., or even intermediate uses next summer. But they’ve got a plan for the short term: secure the property with a split-rail fence, and prohibit overnight parking there until at least the spring. There’s a key exception: the property will be available for parking during First Night Chatham, whi...

CHATHAM — In an organizational meeting last Thursday, members of the new Eldredge Garage Property Planning Committee said they'd already received scores of suggestions for the re-use of that prime downtown real estate. The nine-member panel was chosen by the board of selectmen to review the potential uses of the property at 365 Main St., which was purchased by town meeting last January for $2.5 million. The ...

CHATHAM — Selectmen will soon appoint a nine-member committee to examine the possible uses of the Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St. “It is clear we are going to have parking as a component at some level. We understand that and we've known that from the beginning,” Selectmen Chairman Cory Metters said last Tuesday. But various other ideas have been floated for the property, including a park, rest rooms...

Selectmen OK Purchase Of Eldredge Garage Property

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In a closed-door session Tuesday, selectmen voted to proceed with the purchase of the former Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St. The terms of the proposed sale were not immediately available, but in January, special town meeting voters appropriated $2.5 million to buy the land for possible use for parking, open space preservation, rest rooms or other public purposes. Selectmen will have the ul...

CHATHAM – Town purchase of the downtown Eldredge Garage property will be the main focus of next Monday's special town meeting. The 11-article warrant also includes another land acquisition, several expenditure requests and a number of housekeeping measures. The meeting was called in large measure to bring the purchase of the Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St. before voters. Article 4 seeks $2.5 millio...