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More traffic and less parking!!

We Don't have enough traffic in Stoneham Square now right??  Or enough parking because the Stoneham Theatres patrons take them all!!  So what do we do??, build another huge building in Stoneham Square.  This ought to help out traffic and parking!!!!
George Georgountzos January 27, 2014 at 06:02 PM
The building being built near the Stoneham Theatre will be mixed use. There will be parking available for the residents on the property itself. Whatever stores will be there will most likely not be open during the even hours, leaving town parking for the Theatre goers unchanged. I am glad the building is coming along; much better than the "hole in the ground" that brought so much complaints in the past.
dbr1214 January 27, 2014 at 10:03 PM
I am not worried about the Stoneham Theatre.. As I said when the theatre is open there is absolutely no parking in or around Stoneham Square. There are other business's in Stoneham square besides the Theatre that need parking!!! Every public parking lot and streets near the square are devoted to Stoneham Theatre patrons. I have even had people park in front of my driveway which I had towed!! Don't even try and tell me that this building will not increase the already heavy traffic in Stoneham Square!!! You evidently don't live nearby!!!
Cindy Hemenway January 28, 2014 at 08:34 AM
It is good for Stoneham to finally see progress on the new building next to the theatre, as well as, the tire business down the street near the hardware store. I understand the tire business will be open in April. Parking in the Stoneham Square area is an issue. Is there room for another parking lot or parking garage somewhere in the area. How about getting the town to mark parking spots along Main St. to definitively mark parking spaces on the street? I am not suggesting this as a solution to the parking problem, but it is something that needs to be done. I cannot think of another downtown area in surrounding towns that does not have parking spaces marked along their main street through town. Having marked spaces prevents drivers from inadvertently occupying more than one parking space. Perhaps a time limit of 30 minutes during prime business hours should be considered if it isn't already in place.
Paul John Maisano January 29, 2014 at 08:15 AM
The public debate regarding Stoneham center has been a sticking point for over fifty years. Some remember issues like the theater marquis hosting a XXX Linda Lovelace film that raised hell with residents. Today, we have a state of the art theater with live performances supporting cultural arts and our restaurants, placing Stoneham back on the map of progress. The new Petrillo building is another bold private investment which shall prove to be a true diamond of architectural value to the small center. Yes, parking has been an issue an shall remain such until a comprehensive development program is adopted. What Stoneham needs is a community development office. A full time municipal planner would seek out private and public investment that addresses the future of this community, including parking. Not employing such strategies dooms this town to a future building chaotic environment continuing the mishmash of redevelopment throughout the community. Incidentally, defining the parking spaces with visible stripping is a great start of easy organization.

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