Falmouth Selectmen Extend Parking Agreement for Woods Hole Businesses

FALMOUTH – Selectmen in Falmouth recently voted to extend an agreement which allows employees of Woods Hole businesses to park in the Church Street lot.

The agreement, which was extended for three years, allows for employees of 18 businesses in the Woods Hole Business Association to use 45 spaces in the parking lot leased by the Steamship Authority.

The town earmarked the 45 spaces for the association’s members when it renegotiated its lease for the parking lot with the Steamship Authority in 2015.

The town receives the same amount of revenue for the spaces used by the businesses employees.

“The businesses have done a really good job of issuing more permits than the number of spaces and then controlling that so the spaces are used as continuously as possible,” said Beth Colt, the vice president of the Woods Hole Business Association.

Colt said at least 100 employees use those spaces during the busier summer season.

Selectman chairman Susan Moran said the agreement frees up space and turnover for customers parking on the street.

“I think it has worked really, really well and I would say as we look forward to the future if there were an opportunity to get more spaces for employee parking from this that would be appropriate,” Colt said.

The request for more spaces coincides with the loss of available parking this summer at the Nautilus Motor Inn, which is being developed for a new use. The inn’s parking lot has been used as overflow for employee parking.

Selectmen are allowing the town manager to negotiate with the Steamship Authority in an attempt to secure 15 more spaces for the association members.

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