BRISTOL - The Memorial Boulevard Building Committee Thursday night discussed the issue of parking at the site of the former school that’s being renovated into a theater and other as yet undetermined uses.
The committee also passed a motion to move to the design documents phase during a meeting Thursday night.
This phase allows the architects to receive and work on the project design documents created in phase one of the project, which includes the renovations to the 750-seat theater.
City Engineer Ray Rogozinski explained that parking remains a challenge because the theater requires 250 parking spaces and the rest of the building will require another 227 spots.
However, a provision in the zoning regulations changes the number of necessary parking spaces for locations with combined uses, he said. Under that provision, the Memorial Boulevard project needs a total of 352 parking spaces rather than 477.
Rogozinski noted that a conceptual plan has been made that takes into consideration the parking lot at the school and the immediate area of the school toward Willis Street. That plan has 240 parking spaces.
“We will be working with the land use office, zoning commissioner and Zoning Board of Appeals in an effort to come up with a mechanism that establishes the city the right to move forward with the project without constructing additional parking,” Rogozinski said.
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