BAR HARBOR — Downtown parking capacity is maxed out during the summer months, according to the results of a $52,000 study.
If a parking garage is to be built on the site of the town-owned backyard parking lot to help remedy the problem, the study finds, it would need in excess of 300 spaces.
The Backyard Parking Study was conducted by Bermello Ajamil (BA) and Partners and Desman Associates. The $52,000 cost of the first two phases, which are now complete, were split between the town, using cruise ship fees, and West Street Hotel developer Tom Walsh. Walsh is hoping to reach a partnership agreement with the town to build the garage.
Phases one and two of the study were to determine parking capacities and existing conditions in town. Phases three and four would prepare solution alternatives and develop recommendations for moving forward, including an action plan for operations of a garage. Phases three and four have a combined price tag of $76,000. The cost again would be split by the town and Walsh.