July 25, 2016

CONTACT:  John Lunt, Special Projects (413-475-1210)



GREENFIELD -- The Parking Commission has recently completed a study of downtown parking and how it will be affected by the return of the Courthouse early next year. The study has resulted in a plan that addresses concerns of local residents and businesses who say that increased parking usage by the Courthouse will result in widespread unavailability of parking in the downtown area. 

The plan will remedy this by adding parking spaces on the east side of downtown. This will expand parking availability for both permit and kiosk “pay and display” users on the east side of downtown. The plan will also more efficiently manage lot capacity usage throughout the downtown area. “The Parking Commission is focused on balancing the needs of the visitors and residents who expect to find parking when coming downtown for work or play,” said Parking & Traffic Commission Chair Sebastian Gutwein. “At the same time, we must accommodate people who need to use the Court. The plan we are adopting attempts to balance those needs.”

Planned changes include:

  • A comprehensive overhaul of current parking signage to ensure that all lots are clearly marked and all lot information is easily visible.
  • Reducing the number of permit spaces to create additional kiosk pay-and-display spaces in the East Main Lot (Fire Station) for visitors to the Courthouse, Library, YMCA, movies, and other East Main businesses and extending the maximum time limit in those lots to four hours.
  • Specifically marked spaces for kiosk pay-and-display and permit parking in the Hope Lot, allowing more pay-and-display spaces for visitors to that area.
  • Relocating the Olive Street permit parkers to accommodate the closure of that lot for the building of the new Parking Garage.
  • Creating new on-street permit-only spaces for permit holders along Franklin Street, Park Street, Church Street, Prospect Street, and Congress Street; these spots will be temporary until the Olive Street Parking Garage is finished.
  • Assigning permits to specific lots and restructuring the fees for permit parking to assure permit holders that they will have a spot at all times in their designated lot.
  • Working with FRTA to provide a new, free shuttle service between Town Parking Lots and the downtown area.        

“This is a good plan to manage parking in the short term,” said Mayor William Martin. “It will work.  It does serve to highlight, however, how important a new parking garage is for Greenfield’s long-term growth.”

The new parking plan is scheduled to go into effect in October of this year. That will allow residents and businesses an extended period to get used to the new configuration before the return of the Courthouse. 

For further information, please contact John Lunt at 413-475-1210.




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