Mayor says no to Martin Parking Garage

  • People gather for the ribbon cutting for the opening of the Olive Street Parking Garage in Greenfield on Nov. 9. RECORDER STAFF/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 3/15/2019 6:03:10 PM

GREENFIELD — Mayor WIlliam Martin said he would like to “respectfully decline” having the $10 million parking garage named after him.

His pushback comes following the proposal At-Large Councilor Isaac Mass offered to his fellow city councilors Thursday. 

“I really considerate it a genuine and generous offer from Isaac,” Martin said Friday, “but I’m not interested in having a building named after me.”

Martin questioned why Mass chose the parking garage of all things with which to honor the mayor of 10 years.  

“I’m curious to why he chose the parking garage when he could have chosen those other places,” Martin said. 

He referenced several accomplishments during his tenure as the second mayor of Greenfield: from the city being declared the first green community in the state to the first Light & Power Company, to GCET and the Greenfield Minor League Fields and their mini-Fenway Park. 

“There might have been some other accomplishemtns that would have been equally as respectable,” Martin said. 

Mass said Thursday he felt that while his fellow councilors have not always had an amicable relationship with the mayor “he deserves to be recognized for the service he’s given the community.” 

He said it’s a suitable location and piece of infrastructure because the mayor had been so instrumental in ensuring the long-awaited garage broke ground. Plus the garage, which opened in November, is at the center of several projects that had been built and rehabbed during Martin’s tenure, like other Bank Row properties.

Mass also noted Martin, while the chairman of the Greenfield Redevelopment Authority, led the way in naming a newly constructed street “Industrial Park Forgey Way” in honor of the city’s first mayor, Christine Forgey. 

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