Parking garage gets first look

BAR HARBOR — The first phase of a study to determine the feasibility of building a parking garage on the site of the municipal Backyard Parking Lot was presented to around 30 residents Monday night.

Two basic options were presented, each amounting to a cost of around $20,000 per space. In one, the concrete structure would be built entirely on town land; in the other, the garage would straddle municipal land and land owned by Tom Walsh’s Ocean Properties. Walsh’s company has split the cost of the feasibility study with the town with an eye toward using the garage for parking for guests of its abutting West Street Hotel.

Rough estimates show a four-story garage that would add, once the current spaces in the parking lot are subtracted, a total of between 150 to 200 parking spaces to the town’s inventory, with costs totaling between $5 million and $7.5 million.

Any garage design would allow continued access around the entire perimeter of the lot for fire trucks, trash trucks and delivery trucks.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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