The Registry of Motor Vehicles is moving adjacent to the North End into the 2nd and 3rd floors of Parcel 7, the tunnel vent building / parking garage adjacent to the Greenway parks. The ground floor of Parcel 7 remains slated for the Boston Public Food Market. The RMV is currently located on Washington Street in Chinatown.
MassDOT owns the Parcel 7 building and the move will save the $1.3 million in rent currently paid to lease the Chinatown location. Parcel 7 offices have been empty for about 10 years. The entrance will be on Blackstone Street. Construction of the interior starts in January 2013.
The North End visitor discount parking program at Parcel 7 will not change. The RMV will not have a validation stamp so their customers will not get the discount (unless they go across the Greenway and patronize a North End business).
In the video, John Romano presents MassDOT’s plan and answers questions at the November 15, 2012 meeting of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council, NEWNC.
Shown below is the Parcel 7 building.