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December 13, 2013

At long last, an end to Ashland dispute


Both sides of lower Ashland Street will (mostly) become two-hour zones.

However, about 68 feet in front of Phil and Sons will remain all-day parking so that the company can use curbside parking to deal with waiting vehicles.

The new configuration, though, creates a no-parking space of about 6 feet below the Germinara driveway so that he can enter and exit his property with greater ease.

City officials say that the changes still require action.

The new parking measure requires the mayor’s signature. The Department of Public Services will have to put up signs, and residents will have to get (free) resident parking stickers so they can keep their cars on the street without ticketing.

In a separate matter Monday night, the council voted unanimously to rezone part of Storey Avenue from residential to business. Land at 81 and 83 Storey Ave., upon which two modest houses are sited, would fall under the new designation.

A year ago, a request by Tropic Star LLC developers of New Hampshire, requested such a zoning change, but it drew widespread opposition.

Numerous residents of subdivisions off Storey Avenue complained that a commercial development, such as a CVS Pharmacy that Tropic Star executives had in mind, would create traffic congestion and unsafe driving conditions.

But at the Monday meeting, no executives of any company advocated for the change and no opposition was heard.

The city’s Planning and Development Department supported the new zoning configuration.

The second reading of the ordinance to rezone the area was passed, and thus the rezoning will become law, city officials say.

Municipal leaders here say that no formal action has been taken by Tropic Star or any other developer that would pave the way for a CVS or any other commercial venue on Storey Avenue.

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