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New Condo Project in the North End

7/29/2008 04:48:00 AM
There's a proposal on the table for a new condo project in the North End that sounds pretty big and it's got some people upset.

At the nexus of Stillman, Cooper, and North Margin streets is a parking lot whose fate has been the subject of consternation and controversy in the North End. Steve Fustolo and his development group, 30 North Margin Street Development, have proposed building a 55-foot-tall condominium building with a four-level underground parking garage.
The underground garage will provide two spots for each of the building's 61 units and an additional 121 spots to be leased or purchased by North End residents or businesses for long-term parking.

What's interesting in the article is that people are apparently quite opposed to the underground parking garage. Why is that? I had several ex-coworkers at my old job that lived in the North End (and commuted out to Weston for work) and they would always complain that they'd have to circle the neighborhood for at least 30 minutes a day trying to find parking in the evening. Would an underground parking garage in the area really be that bad?

Parking fees downtown strike me as pretty egregious these days. I currently pay $300 a month, and that's apparently a bargain. The parking in my apartment building is so pricey that I'm forced to park elsewhere and make the 10-15 minute walk to my car each time I need it.

In my mind, more availability = lower prices, hopefully.

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1 Response to "New Condo Project in the North End"

  1. Dan Dan Said,

    These poor guys can't win. If they didn't offer sufficient parking, people would get upset that they were crowding an already overflowing parking situation. Now that they have sufficient parking, and enough to reduce the parking nightmare in the area, they're criticized because increasing parking is going to increase traffic to the area. Let's forget for a second that the project includes no short term parking (so people won't be going in and out), and let's forget that less people circling looking for a spot will decrease overall traffic, the fact remains that what's currently there is already a short term parking garage. So they're taking an area geared toward visitors, and making it more helpful for residents of the area. And the residents are protesting it. Crazy!

    A similar thing has scuttled the Columbus Center project. Some of the neighbors in nearby large condominiums have argued that adding another building might affect their sky line. Ironically, these people live in buildings that were themselves protested against two decades ago, for the same reason. And what remains instead of condos, a park, more parking, and shopping? An exposed section of I-90.

    Posted on 7/29/08, 9:46 AM

     
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