Comments by NorthEndWaterfront.com readers regarding the parking trap on Commercial Wharf West attracted the attention of Boston Globe investigative reporter, Christina Pazzanese, who writes for the Globe Watch column. (See “Beware the Parking Trap at Commercial Wharf West”).
In today’s paper, Globe Watch reviews the situation.
Residents of Commercial Wharf West in the North End are upset about what some call a longstanding “parking scam’’ happening on their street.
Though it looks like an ordinary city street, with a small grocery store and a number of storefronts, it is a private way connecting a restaurant-heavy section of Atlantic Avenue to Commercial Street. And that is where the problem begins, they say.
Neighbors have recently taken to a local website, northendwaterfront.com, to complain about the continued lack of clear street signs alerting drivers to the fact that none of those spaces are available for the general public. Parking is open only to those who have paid for a special pass. There are often as many as two dozen cars parked there.
Although no response was received from the towing company, Globe Watch received the following response from the Boston Transportation Department.
“First, [Boston Transportation Department] staff has checked Commercial Wharf West on foot. There are currently seven or eight towing signs posted on the roadway, but a few of them are old and faded. The towing company that is contracted to work on this street has been contacted by BTD and a request to post new, additional signs has been made,’’ she writes. “Also, BTD will be supplementing the ‘Commercial Wharf West, Private Way’ signs currently posted on either end of the roadway with additional signs reading “Private Way, Violators will be Towed.’’
Beware the Parking Trap at Commercial Wharf West