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Central Sq. parking lots [Jan. 3rd, 2012|02:03 pm]
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Is anyone familiar with the Cambridge parking lots along Bishop Allen and Prospect that were free on nights and weekends? They are now posted as permit only 24/7. I'm just curious if the city has released any other information about why or when the decision was made. Google didn't really help. I don't really understand it because I think the lots made it a lot easier for people to visit businesses in the square because metered parking is so scarce.

From: boblothrope
2012-01-03 07:53 pm (UTC)
Those lots are privately owned by the Central Plaza Realty Trust, not the city.

Are they also leaving the gates closed 24/7?

I don't know why they *had* allowed the public to park there nights and weekends, since most private lots don't. But it's really too bad if they're no longer allowing it. They never totally filled up, so there's no reason to restrict them.
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[User Picture]From: icecreamempress
2012-01-04 09:43 pm (UTC)
The owners' insurance providers may have insisted on it in order to limit their liability.
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[User Picture]From: ldthomps
2012-01-04 03:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it looks like they're leaving the gates closed 24/7 as of yesterday. Too bad, these were great "secret" lots for evenings and weekends - but I agree, it was always a little weird that they ever allowed others in. Green Street Garage isn't too pricey, at least?
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From: dianalily
2012-01-08 03:28 am (UTC)
Green Street Garage is relatively cheap at $1.50/hour. For dinner and a show: 4 hours is approximately $6.00.
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[User Picture]From: lomagna
2012-01-04 09:52 pm (UTC)
Interesting. So who gains permits to these lots? Do the owners of the lots own apartment buildings where residents can obtain a permit or is it for businesses?
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From: boblothrope
2012-01-04 10:14 pm (UTC)
I think Central Plaza is the large concrete office building at Mass Ave and Prospect.
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[User Picture]From: lbmango
2012-01-05 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting us know about this! I would have just driven down there at some point and probably been late to something!
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From: boblothrope
2012-01-09 08:00 pm (UTC)
It's been strange walking past these lots recently and seeing them entirely empty, except for one or two commercial vans in the back corner.

I'm going to try to find the contact information for the property owner.
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[User Picture]From: cos
2012-12-17 07:51 pm (UTC)
Did you ever find contact information for the owner?
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