Fitzgerald’s General Store is seeking permission to create a pay-for-parking lot adjacent to their store lot.
Hearings on special permits and a site plan review are scheduled for this Monday’s Planning Board Meeting. I stopped in to find out what kind of renovations were in store. Turns out that renovations aren’t planned for the store, just it’s lot.
The store owner is looking to pave the area next to his lot, and charge for parking. The lot is behind the town’s commuter rail stop.
According to store management, commuters parking on the dirt lot caused problems in the past. (In addition to being an inconvenience for the owner, there were environmental concerns.)
The area is now cordoned off while he pursues proper permitting to make the most of his situation.
Southborough Wicked Local interviewed owner Vinnie Patel for more details:
The plan, which requires Planning Board approval, calls for creating 73 parking spaces to be rented out on a monthly basis, according to the special permit application. . .
A second parking lot will also be created for store customers.
Patel said commuters are essentially squatters, parking on the property for free.
“A couple of times I complained to police,” he said. “In the evening, it’s like New York Grand Central Station. Everyone comes here to pick up” people coming off the commuter train.
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