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Friday, November 21 2014

Mayor Announces New Parking Permit Policy

Adapted from a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

On the recommendation of the Parking and Traffic Commission, Mayor William Martin announced today the new parking permit policy for downtown Greenfield. “The Parking Commission has been working on this project for five months and has developed what I think is a reasonable program,” said Martin.  “It specifically addresses the difficulty of anyone who comes downtown to shop, dine, or even volunteer in finding parking space close to their destination. In addition, with the return of trains to Greenfield, it is important to provide parking for those using that service.”

The plan calls for 4 lots in the center of the downtown -- Ames St., Fire Station, Town Hall, and Olive St. -- to be designated as premium lots. In those lots, the number of permitted spaces will be limited, allowing for more spaces available for turnover. In addition, the cost of permits in those lots will increase to $300 annually, a cost of about $1.20 per day. The permits for each lot will be a different color from the standard green.

The remaining four lots in the downtown -- Chapman-Davis, Hope St., Miles St. and the American Legion lot --will be designated standard lots. There will be no limit on the number of spaces available for permit holders, and the cost will remain $200 annually or about $0.80 per day. These standard lots are all within 1 ½-2 blocks from the premium lots.

To ease the burden somewhat on those purchasing a permit, the Collector’s Office will take quarterly payments for the annual fee. In addition, a 10% discount on the annual price will be offered for companies or firms who purchase 15 or more permits.

The Parking Commission has recommended to the Mayor that a lottery be held for the premium permits. The details of how that will be structured, and the date of the lottery, are under consideration at this time. Information will be distributed to existing permit holders during the first week of December and permits should go on sale within 7-10 days of that date.  If you want a copy of the information, please contact the Collector’s Office at (413) 772-1567.