Recorder file photo Greenfield Mayor William Martin in his office in the town hall | Mayor Martin seeks grant for parking garage
Mayor Martin seeks grant for parking garage | The Recorder
Mayor Martin seeks grant for parking garage
Recorder file photo Greenfield Mayor William Martin in his office in the town hall
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Mayor William Martin said if the town receives money from MassWorks this time, it will be used to reduce the town's contribution toward construction, unless the cost has increased since the original estimate.
would still like to see the town build a three- or four-story garage with about 300 spaces.
"We're going to need it when the courthouse renovations are complete," said Martin
is also working with the state to see if the town can access some of the $5 million now, so that it can begin designing the garage.
"Once we can hire an architect, we'll have a pretty good idea about where we're going and what the garage will look like," he
The town has talked often over the past decade or so about building a municipal parking garage.
Martin was one of the first to discuss the possibility when he was chairman of the Greenfield Redevelopment Authority, before he became mayor in 2009.
Discussions have led town officials to speculate about everything from a four-story garage with offices and retail stores on the top floor to an enclosed walkway to Main Street.
The garage is one of the town's major unfinished projects of the Bank Row Urban Renewal Zone, said Martin
and other town officials envision a garage that would cost about $9 million, and that Town Council
had to include the $4 million in this year's capital budget.
"We've known for several years that Greenfield needs more parking - we've done a couple of studies," said Martin
said the town could know if it is going to receive a grant by the end of the year or beginning of next year.