HYANNIS –The Downtown Hyannis Parking Project held an open house at Barnstable Town Hall on Wednesday.
Consulting firm Nelson/Nygaard has recently completed a comprehensive examination and analysis of parking in the downtown Hyannis area and developed recommendations based on their findings.
Those recommendations and findings were presented during the open house and residents and businesses were encouraged to give their input and suggestions at the open house.
“We’re really eager to get feedback from local residents because we have a lot of data and findings that we gathered over the summer and now we’re beginning to look at strategies on how to improve parking,” said Tom Yardly, a consultant with Nelson/Nygaard.
Attendees of the meeting were given stickers to place on their preferred solution for each parking issue the consulting firm presented, and the solution with the most stickers was discussed.
The parking issues that the consultants discussed were the limited parking in the North Street lot and Main Street and the lack of parking availability in privately-owned lots.
“There are a lot of different strategies that you can employ, but we got to make sure that it fits well with the community and those are strategies that actually make sense for people that live and work here,” said Yardly.
“There’s been a lot of parking studies in Hyannis,” said Town Manager Mark Ells.
“One of the goals of this is to give us a working document that everybody can utilize so when we’re thinking about where we need to be citing parking, that will give us some guidance.”
By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter