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Posted on January 6, 2015 at 9:02 AM by Jennifer Cafarella
A short while ago I wrote in this space of the efforts and changes that were being made to the Town’s parking plans within the Town Center area. I am taking the opportunity to write again on the topic because of the important changes that will be put in place during the month of January 2015.
Parking pay stations that allow for multiple hour parking for $1.00 per hour from 7:00am to 6:00pm every day except Sunday are now in place at the top Aberjona parking Lot (21 spaces) and at Laraway Road (31 spaces) both off of Waterfiled Road in Town Center. These machines are easy to operate; just know your parking spot number, pay and walk away. Payments can be made with a cellphone remote application as well. (the app www.mpay2park.com provides easy access to this feature.)
The purpose behind these spaces is to provide Town Center shoppers, diners and customers with a convenient, and affordable parking option for those who need longer than average stay in the Town Center area; medical appointments, grooming and styling appointments , lunches and meetings. If this parking feature proves to be successful it is expected that a third location, at the Cullen parking lot (3X spaces) off of Shore Road, will be added as paid parking.
The second major change that is taking place in January is the change= to the on-street parking regulations for all of the spaces within the Town Center streets (Main Street, Mt. Vernon Street, Church Street, Thompson Street, Converse Place, Winchester Place and Waterfield Road). All of the on-street spaces will now be either one hour or 30 minute parking. The purpose of this change is to keep the on-street parking turning over at a regular pace for shoppers who are conducting short-term transaction; banking, coffee purchasing, merchandise shopping are all transactions that utilize rapid turnover close to a specific storefront. All of these changes are highlighted on a map of the Town Center shown at http://www.winchester.us/DocumentCenter/View/1054.
We are committed to studying the effectiveness of these changes and making adjustments based upon feedback and experience. The goal is to make visiting and operating a business in Winchester Town Center an enjoyable experience.
We have worked with stakeholders especially the Winchester Chamber of Commerce in designing these changes. We will continue to work with all concerned to find right solutions for parking in Town Center.