Mayor: Parking enforcement coming to Medford

Its been more than six months since the Parking Advisory Committee report arrived at City Hall chock full of recommendations about how to deal with parking in the city of Medford.
Since then, critics say Mayor Michael J. McGlynn has done very little with the report, which took nearly two years and hundreds of hours to compile.
But this week on the eve of an open house hosted by the city and MassDevelopment to discuss parking in Medford Square for a feasibility study to be used in the design and construction of a new garage on Governors Avenue McGlynn said hes been working behind-the-scenes the entire time on how to best kick-start enforcement citywide.
There are two aspects of this issue, the mayor said Tuesday afternoon, a day before the open house was held. There are issues facing the neighborhoods about resident parking and those coming into the city who are creating a problem. The other issue is the garage and the need to address the study. Were working on both now.
McGlynn said in January he announced that in the 90 days following his inauguration, there would be news on parking. Hes ready to deliver.
Since September, the mayor said hes been meeting with a consultant who specializes in parking meters and kiosks about how to best implement one of those in Medford. A recommendation of the PAC was to put in parking meters while at the time, McGlynn favored kiosks.
The mayor said at the moment the consultant he is working with runs about 55 percent of the parking kiosk/meters nationwide and its a matter of financing the project before one of those options will be implemented.
Were trying to identify spots for enforcements and figure out what the rates are, McGlynn said. Ive been doing a lot of research and in the next week or two, there should be some answers for the community.
McGlynn said he met with consultants on March 26 to check all the options available.
As for the garage, McGlynn said the city hasnt been idle in the five years since an accident forced the demolition of the former facility. He said since the day the building came down, Medford has been working to find funding for another structure.
At the time, we had money from the state, he said. But then partly because of the economy and partly because some businesses backed out, there was no funding.
McGlynn said its incredibly difficult to obtain grants from the state, but thanks to a commitment for Salvatores Restaurant coming into Medford Square, the MassDevelopment office is working with the city on a feasibility study for a new garage.
Thats why were holding the meeting, McGlynn said of the March 31 forum. We want everyone to work together on this and make it happen. I just dont want to throw everything together because if we do that, it will be a failure. Its got to be step-by-step if we want this brand new parking structure to survive.
medford.jpgSince then, critics say Mayor Michael J. McGlynn has done very little with the report, which took nearly two years and hundreds of hours to compile.
But this week on the eve of an open house hosted by the city and MassDevelopment to discuss parking in Medford Square for a feasibility study to be used in the design and construction of a new garage on Governors Avenue McGlynn said hes been working behind-the-scenes the entire time on how to best kick-start enforcement citywide.
There are two aspects of this issue, the mayor said Tuesday afternoon, a day before the open house was held. There are issues facing the neighborhoods about resident parking and those coming into the city who are creating a problem. The other issue is the garage and the need to address the study. Were working on both now.
McGlynn said in January he announced that in the 90 days following his inauguration, there would be news on parking. Hes ready to deliver.
Since September, the mayor said hes been meeting with a consultant who specializes in parking meters and kiosks about how to best implement one of those in Medford. A recommendation of the PAC was to put in parking meters while at the time, McGlynn favored kiosks.
The mayor said at the moment the consultant he is working with runs about 55 percent of the parking kiosk/meters nationwide and its a matter of financing the project before one of those options will be implemented.
Were trying to identify spots for enforcements and figure out what the rates are, McGlynn said. Ive been doing a lot of research and in the next week or two, there should be some answers for the community.
McGlynn said he met with consultants on March 26 to check all the options available.
As for the garage, McGlynn said the city hasnt been idle in the five years since an accident forced the demolition of the former facility. He said since the day the building came down, Medford has been working to find funding for another structure.
At the time, we had money from the state, he said. But then partly because of the economy and partly because some businesses backed out, there was no funding.
McGlynn said its incredibly difficult to obtain grants from the state, but thanks to a commitment for Salvatores Restaurant coming into Medford Square, the MassDevelopment office is working with the city on a feasibility study for a new garage.
Thats why were holding the meeting, McGlynn said of the March 31 forum. We want everyone to work together on this and make it happen. I just dont want to throw everything together because if we do that, it will be a failure. Its got to be step-by-step if we want this brand new parking structure to survive.
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