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September 6, 2013

Mayoral candidates sound off on parking, fees

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Richard E. Sullivan Jr.

“Aside of the mess created at the Green Street lot and the loss of spaces the past few weeks, my overall vision of downtown parking is to take some of the parking off the waterfront. In order to do that I am willing to work with New England Development to secure state and federal funding for construction of a parking garage on the corner of Merrimac and Titcomb streets, with the stipulation New England Development builds the garage and turns it over to the City of Newburyport so we can run it, maintain it and derive the revenue from it.

“I am convinced a parking garage will work. We will then be able to lift the time restrictions on parking and people coming to Newburyport for the day can relax and enjoy their stay and not have to worry about a three-hour limit.

“Over the years there has been talk about satellite parking lots around the city. Some have suggested shuttle services including water taxis. I’m willing to explore any serious idea.

“Parking revenues will help toward building and maintaining a larger waterfront park.”

Sullivan was not on the City Council when the paid parking plan was voted on.

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