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Davis-Chapman St. parking lot to get repaved, updated

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin says if the town can’t repave the Davis-Chapman Street municipal parking lot, or at least half of it, before the holiday season, it will wait until next spring.

The town has put the project out to bid, but Martin said he doesn’t want it to interfere with holiday shopping this year.

“I can’t guarantee that the parking lot would be ready for shoppers if we start the project this year,” said Martin. “We don’t want to lose one of our lots.”

The project will include repaving the large municipal parking lot that is located behind Wilson’s Department Store’s parking lot on Davis Street.

It will also include building new sidewalks and installing drainage and new lighting.

Martin said the plan is to do the work in two phases: first the top half, which is closest to Main Street, and then the lower half. He said that way, whether it happens this fall or next spring, people will still be able to park in the lot.

Martin said all municipal lots, which have kiosks, will have free parking from Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day this year to attract shoppers and make it easier for them to get around, so he doesn’t want construction to deter them.

The mayor said people will still need to feed meters when parking along Main and Federal streets or any metered side streets.

The mayor said the project is estimated to cost about $300,000. He said the town will borrow the money for the project and then use parking revenue and parking ticket revenue to pay it back.

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