Restaurateur Joe Leone, who is developing the Ale House at 40 Merrimac St., received permission to swap parking spots with the Trust so he can offer parking for the handicapped in proximity to his restaurant.
City officials have said that Leone needs only fulfill his obligations to handicapped patrons before his paperwork is done.
With acquisition of handicapped parking spots next to the 442-seat restaurant, his paperwork appears to be done.
Leone Wednesday night said his team is beginning engineering studies for interior work. But he said that annual construction won’t begin until fall “at a time when the tourist season is just about over.”
Also, the Trust voted to award its seasonal landscaping contract to McCarthy and Sons, Ipswich, for $23,396. Members of the Trust, which has a balance of $197,847, said it was the lowest of seven bids that were received.