Amherst Select Board skeptical of losing parking to North Common update

The Select Board on Wednesday took no action on three proposals to change North Common, expressing concerns about reducing parking spaces. One of the proposals would turn a public parking lot and a portion of Boltwood Avenue into a plaza outside Town Hall. The plan would create diagonal parking spaces for eight vehicles. Because that design calls for one-way traffic on Boltwood Avenue, in a southerly direction away from Town Hall, those eight spaces would not be accessible via Route 9 — which Select Board member Alisa Brewer said was not pointed out by designers at a community forum Aug. 28, when the ideas were first presented to the public.

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