In a rare bit of city government not witnessed here before, a question about a mixed use residential and commercial project on Broadway travelled from the Zoning Board of Appeals to the city council Monday night for a vote.
The city council approved the measure. Only Councilor Steven Simonelli voted against it.
It allows a local developer to build 18 residential units and to have a café or coffee shop on the first floor.
This came after 20 months of contentious debate regarding parking. The developer is building the project without parking.
Many councilors find the project without parking incomprehensible – just as they find the modern Everett growing up all around us as something they never imagined happening.
Before the casino ever opened, trying to find parking in the City of Everett was already like something out of a scary movie.
Recent alterations to the city’s resident sticker policy, as it pertains to Lower Broadway, might turn reality into a nightmare for certain residents looking to drive down to the other end of town and park before enjoying a time in the newly opened Encore Boston Harbor Casino.
In May, ahead of the Encore opening, the traffic commission and City Council voted to enact an ordinance that would allow only Lower Broadway residents to park in that area to “address many of the concerns from residents that live there and their quality of life,” according to Everett Police Sergeant Joe Gaff.
Under the new Lower Broadway parking ordinance, all vehicles not registered to a LB address will be issued a $50.00 parking ticket and towed.