After losing many resident parking spaces to construction, cycle track and sewer work, the North End is gaining back some core spots around the neighborhood as the Boston Transportation Department rolls out new parking zones in early 2017.
On Hanover Street, from Prince to Cross Street, approximately 20 new resident permit parking spaces will be created by replacing 1 and 2 hour parking as well as combining multiple valet and commercial loading parking zones.
- Instead of each restaurant/cafe having their own valet parking, the new zones will be marked for shared uses. From 8am to 12pm, the zones will be marked for commercial loading and valet thereafter. On the east side of street (Mikes Pastry side), a new valet / loading zone will be created between Wesley Place to Parmenter Street, centered in front of Saraceno’s and the former Caffe Pompei (now Il Panino). A similar valet/loading zone will be created in the center of the first block of Hanover Street, between Parmenter and Cross Streets.
- Outside of the valet zones, approximately 20 new nighttime resident permit parking spaces will be created and marked as such for 6pm to 8am. These new nighttime resident spaces will replace those marked for general 1 and 2 hour parking.
- A side result of this change will be to discourage the motorcycle groups from extended standing / parking on Hanover Street.
- BTD is also looking to simplify signage as part of these changes.
- These changes are expected to go into effect in early January 2017.
On Commercial Street, tour bus parking will be converted to 24-hour resident permit parking. This will be primarily in front of the Steriti skating rink. Tour buses will no longer be allowed to park on Commercial Street. Drop-offs will be permitted, but no idling/waiting. Busses will have to move to dedicated lots in Charlestown.
Eliot School, 585 Commercial Street, Parking Lot
BTD, Boston Public Schools and State’s DCR (Skating Rink) are also planning to make the Eliot School parking lot at 585 Commercial Street available for resident permit parking from 6pm to 8am. As many as 30 parking spaces could be dedicated to nighttime resident parking. No specific date has been set for this change.
BTD intends to aggressively enforce the new parking zones through ticketing (and towing as necessary). Sunday will still be on the honor system because the City of Boston does not enforce parking rules on Sundays.