The Historical Commission met tonight. I wasn’t there, but through the miracle of the internet, the video has already been posted.
In short: the demolition of 332 Main Street was denied a waiver, which means there’s a year before the Krocks can demolish the building.
For what it’s worth, the Historical Commission felt their questions about the cost of the demolition and the economic hardship experienced were not answered.
Also, their lawyer said that there is asbestos in the building but that it would be removed appropriately. Considering how safely asbestos was removed at both Flagg’s Building and 240 Main Street, let’s hope they can find a buyer or find the money for renovations (and a contractor who hasn’t been convicted on environmental safety charges).
I attended the Off-Street Parking Board meeting and will post my notes later on tonight.
In the meantime — Mr. Borbone was kind enough to give me a DVD with the full report. I’ve posted that, the City Manager’s memo to the City Council, and an Executive Summary to Google Docs:
City Manager’s memo to Council
Full Parking System Assessment Study
Note that if you scroll down to page 64 of the study, Exhibit A lists all the special discounted parking pass programs city garages and lots are currently involved in.
Hanover Theatre – Agreement dating back to 2007 whereby the City leases to Hanover400 parking spaces within the facility for each night at major events at the Theatre for a guaranteed minimum of 80 major events/calendar year. The Theatre sets the parking fee and retains the proceeds and pays the City $400/event ($1/space), which escalates to $600/event after the 7th year of the Agreement. The Agreement expires in 2017.
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, 9 Norwich Street – Agreement dating back to 2009 whereby the City provides 100 parking spaces in the garage in the form of regular monthly parking passes for the fee of $1 a year for 30 years to induce the College to purchase the building at 9 Norwich Street and open a Worcester Campus of the College. The Agreement was originally for parking in the Pearl-Elm Street Garage but the City moved it to Major Taylor as allowed in the Agreement, which expires in 2029.