Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The board voted to support parking changes around town.
Traffic and parking is becoming an increasing problem around Winchester. The town is currently conducting a parking study to see if parking meters would help alleviate some of the congestion in the town center. But the Board of Selectmen recently took action on other parts of town to try and relieve some parking issues. Hemingway Street and Main Street The Traffic Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended to the board, bumping out the south side of the curb line and adding a stop condition to the south side of Hemingway Street with a “Do Not Enter” sign. According to the report, two-way traffic would remain on the north side of Hemingway. The report stated that this would “reduce the overall pedestrian crosswalk length across the road, which …
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Here's a look back at some of the top stories the past week in Winchester.
Emir Ikanovic of 16L Veterans Avenue in Everett was arrested and charged with breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony. Winchester gymnast, Alicia Sacramone, dropped her clothes as she posed for the ESPN Body Issue. The magazine, which hits newsstands Oct. 7, is supposed to give readers a look at an athlete's body. At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, the town unveiled a draft parking management plan. One of the goals of the plan, according to selectman Thomas Howley, is to increase the vitality of the Town Center. Eleven months ago, the Chill Zone was preparing for its grand opening, now the local eatery was forced to close its doors. The Chill Zone closed down midway through September, according to its…
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The town unveiled a draft parking plan.
Scroll to the bottom and take our poll. At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, the town unveiled a draft parking management plan. One of the goals of the plan, according to selectman Thomas Howley, is to increase the vitality of the Town Center. But it’s also, according to Planning Board chair, Lance Grenzeback, to improve parking in the town. “Nobody is happy with parking,” Grenzeback said. One of the issues the plan is supposed to address is commuter parking. “We are the low-cost parking provider of the Lowell Line,” Grenzeback said. “We’re attracting people to Winchester since they don’t have to pay for parking.” The board plans on holding a public meeting to discuss the plan further. Why a parking plan? According to the draft …
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Let us know your thoughts to the question below.
The lack of parking in downtown Winchester has been something that's been widely discussed. One of the solutions the town has been looking at is to install some type of paid parking system in town. But over the next few weeks, residents may find fewer parking spaces around town. There are fewer spaces at the Wedgemere Parking Lot as the MBTA work to make the station handicap accessible. And starting soon, there will be limited to no parking along Mystic Valley Parkway, across from McCall because crews will be working on widening the Aberjona River. So, are you concerned about parking in Winchester? Are you still planning on going to the Town Center during construction? Will you alter your plans? Buy a moped or walk more? Let us know what …
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Acting Town Manager, Mary Ellen Lannon, held a meeting with residents concerned about an increase in traffic due to Winchester Hospital's new additions.
Winchester Hospital continues to expand throughout Winchester. But the two newest properties – 1021 Main Street and 620 Washington Street – have raised concerns among residents. Acting Town Manager, Mary Ellen Lannon, held a public discussion where approximately 25 residents met at the Jenks Center to discuss their issues with the hospital. The biggest worry from those in attendance had to do with the parking, the buses and the potential increase in traffic in those areas. “The most aggravating part with the buses is that they’re empty,” said resident, Ann Sera. “I’m waking up at 4:30 in the morning because of empty buses. I don’t understand why the buses aren’t on a schedule. Why do they run empty?” Sera also suggested the hospital buses …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Let us know your thoughts to today's question below.
As some of you may know, the town is currently in the middle of conducting a parking study. The results have yet to come in, but it's believed that the conclusion will create some form of paid parking in the Town Center. How much it will cost and what the zones are is still yet to be determined. And in our week in Winchester history column that ran on Sunday, 25 years ago the town had an opportunity to build a parking garage near the Town Center, in between Shore Road and Winchester Place, but decided against it. So, we want to know, do you think parking is a problem in downtown Winchester? Is paid parking the way to go? Is it not a serious problem?
Friday, December 17, 2010
The Planning Board listened to the recommendation of how the town should deal with parking.
Thursday night in the Town Hall, Mystic Valley Room, the Planning Board met with two associates, Principal Jason Schrieber and Senior Associate Ralph DenNisco, from Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, a transportation planning group, to discuss a parking study the group conducted for the Board. "The purpose of tonight's meeting is more of a simple introduction because stores were complaining about parking downtown, the general congestion," explained Board Member Lance Grenzebeck before the meeting was passed over to Nelson/Nygaard Principal, Jason Schrieber. As Schrieber went through his presentation, he explained the goal of the parking study stating, "we wanted to figure out what's going on on the ground, so we know what we can do and …