Good news! The owner of the private parking lot at Commercial Wharf West has installed several new, larger signs to warn parkers of the towing risk that has befallen many residents and visitors.
NorthEndWaterfront.com readers will remember when we raised the issue of a parking/towing trap last January and was further investigated by GlobeWatch. Then, City Hall did their part and installed new “Private Way” signs on each end of the lot, which is often mistaken for a public street. Councilor Sal LaMattina and Boston Transportation Department also made a some inquiries into the situation. At the time, the City said it would be up to the lot owner to install new signs on the premises because it was a private property.
We are pleased to report that the parking lot owner has responded with several new signs throughout the lot. As shown in the before and after photos, the new signs are larger and more legible. And, there are simply a lot more of them in the lot.
One city official noted that many of the signs are posted on city light posts which is not allowed. It would also be nice if the city would fix the broken light fixtures.
Of course, this won’t stop the towing of illegally parked vehicles in the lot, but at least drivers will have fair warning.