Greenfield’s parking garage may next celebrate the city’s history with a banner

  • If approved, a banner or banners like this  would hang on the side of the parking garage. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • If approved, a banner or banners like this one would hang on the side of the parking garage. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/26/2018 7:50:55 AM

GREENFIELD — Be on the lookout, because there may soon be 23-foot dinosaurs coming to the downtown.

The parking garage will officially open after the first of the year — it will begin charging parking fees in January — but there are still some final touches to be made. The most outstanding will likely be these mesh banners that will hang from the side of the garage, displaying dinosaurs and bees, which are historically significant to the history of Greenfield and specifically to the land on which the garage was built.  

Before the banners can go up, though, they have to go through city boards for approval. Last week, the Greenfield Planning Board gave a positive recommendation after discussion on whether the banners are sustainable, appropriate and aesthetically pleasing, in addition to question marks around the cost and how long they will hang there. 

“It’s just a nice change,” Planning Board Chairwoman Linda Smith said. 

The Zoning Board of Appeals will now consider the banners and whether they are appropriate for the location.

Smith said it’s not the traditional look for Greenfield, but it’s a pleasant one. She added it could be a nice way to advertise different events in town and attract people to park in the garage. 

The banners are suppose to be “semi-permanent,” according to the mayor’s office, which said they may last about five years. An initial invoice for the banners shows they could cost about $20,000, but it will be paid for out of the budget from the parking garage. 

The $10 million parking garage includes a “pocket park,” at its Bank Row pedestrian entryway, which commemorates the history of dinosaurs and honeybees in Greenfield. It includes recognition to citizen scientists, Lorenzo Langstroth, Dexter Marsh and James Deane. 

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