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Neighbors to newbies: Welcome, you can’t park here

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Some neighbors of a planned apartment building on Noyes Street want to bar the new building's tenants from the on-street parking permits to which residents of older buildings in the neighborhood are entitled.

The neighbors, joined by Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, are seeking to have a condition added to the planned development for the proposed 44-unit building at 824 Noyes St. that would make the new neighbors ineligible for the $15 annual permits that let residents park as long as they want in areas that generally are otherwise limited to two-hour parking.

At Wednesday night's Plan Commission meeting the project's developer, Greg DeStefano, called the proposed parking ban unfair.

"Our tenants should not be treated any differently than tenants of neighboring buildings," DeStefano said.

The new project is proposed to have 35 off-street parking spaces for its 44 units — a far higher ratio than most of the older apartment buildings in the neighborhoods.

Alderman Fiske claimed the new building would not be entitled to on-street parking because it's not in any existing designated residential parking district.

But two listings of those districts on the city's website provide contradictory answers to that question. One shows it not within a district, the other shows it within District A.

Until now the address has housed only retail shops, so the question of residential parking permits didn't arise.

Another developer, Bob Horn, told the commission that when the city denied tenants in his new Central Station building parking permits it had a very negative effect on efforts to lease up the property.

The City Council last year voted to deny resident parking permits to residents of the 12-story 1571 Maple Ave. building downtown that's now under construction after residents of nearby lower-density neighborhoods voiced fears they would have more competition for parking around their homes.

But the 1571 Maple building will provide most of its required parking at the city-owned Maple Avenue garage two blocks away from the building.

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