Parking woes at North Quincy MBTA station

In Quincy, it’s like Where’s Waldo, but instead, where are the parking spaces?

Quincy city councilors are seeking answers to how the MBTA will accommodate commuters who just lost nearly 600 of the 1,200 parking spaces at North Quincy Station to make way for construction of a new 1,600-spot public parking garage.

One major concern is that drivers who can’t park in the area around the station will flood congested neighborhood streets. “Six hundred parking spaces disappeared. Where are the cars?” City Councilor Anne Mahoney asked MBTA officials presenting an update on the project.

The 600 spaces were lost to construction that began on February 17, and will be inaccessible for a year and a half.

Other councilors were prepared with potential solutions, including lowering parking rates at other stations and increasing bus line availability. All five stations in Quincy are being impacted by $1.3 billion in improvement projects along the Quincy and Braintree portions of the Red Line, with work scheduled through 2023.

The Patriot Ledger reports that the MBTA opened up 403 spaces at Wollaston Station, which is closed and currently undergoing renovations. The T is charging only $2 a day for parking there until August, and providing shuttles to North Quincy or Quincy Center stations.

Drivers argue this will add up to 40 minutes to their commute daily.

Other councilors want to see the price of parking at Quincy Adams and Braintree stations lowered after they jumped to $9 a day in October. The latter station is currently at only 70 percent capacity and could be a potential home for some of the displaced cars.

The garage is not the only thing being built at North Quincy Station. The parking structure will be part of a shiny new development that will include over 600 luxury apartments and commercial space. Commuters will have access to 852 of the 1,600 spots.

The ground floor will be reserved for retail businesses. Separate floors of the parking garage will be designated for residents and MBTA users.

–SARAH BETANCOURT


MUNICIPAL MATTERS

Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund says the municipality is looking for a fourth developer that will solve water and sewer issues hindering the stalled redevelopment of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station. (Patriot Ledger)

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WASHINGTON/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen is expected to paint a damning picture of his former client in testimony today to a House committee. (New York Times)

ELECTIONS

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says her presidential campaign will not hold any exclusive receptions for high-dollar donors during the primary contest for the Democratic nomination. (Boston Globe)

A Globe editorial says any change to four-year terms for Boston city councilors, now the subject a home-rule petition the council passed and sent to the Legislature, should also be put before voters in a citywide referendum.

Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos said he won’t seek reelection to another two-year term this fall. (MassLive)

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

Local job seekers are flocking to Fall River marijuana dispensaries like Hope Heal Health where one job opening had more than 800 applications. (Herald News)

Northbridge selectmen have approved a host community agreement with True Nature’s Wellness, a business that plans to locate a licensed marijuana retail establishment in the Whitinsville section of town. (Telegram & Gazette)

EDUCATION

Marinell Rousmaniere is the new president of Boston school improvement nonprofit EdVestors, taking over from longtime head Laura Perille, who is now interim superintendent of the Boston Public Schools. (Boston Globe)

The decision by Marblehead school officials to put off expenditures of $592,000 due in the fiscal 2018 budget until the fiscal 2019 budget has exacerbated current budget problems and led to the resignation of four of the top six school administration officials. (Salem News)

HEALTH/HEALTH CARE

The Natick Board of Selectmen vote unanimously to support the town’s first medical marijuana dispensary. (Metrowest Daily News)

ARTS/CULTURE

The Mugford Street Players, an amateur acting troupe in Marblehead, has canceled its production of To Kill a Mockingbird after receiving legal threats from a production on Broadway. The license for productions includes a blackout provision that would cover Marblehead, according to a lawyer associated with the Broadway version. (Salem News)

Paris-based artist Kapwani Kiwanga takes on the history of surveillance in a show at the MIT List Visual Arts Center open through April 21. (WBUR)

TRANSPORTATION

MBTA control board member Brian Shortsleeve compares the circumstances of the T’s pension system to “burning the furniture to heat the house,” but Boston Carmen’s Union President James O’Brien claims there is no crisis with the retirement fund. (CommonWealth)

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ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

Chatham town officials are considering proposals for a shark barrier, and are looking at everything from flexible netting to a magnetic barrier to keep Great White Sharks from following seals to the area. (Cape Cod Times)

Proposed new protections for spawning herring, which are eaten by whales and others, will be up for hearings in New England over the next several weeks. An assessment last June found the herring population is declining. (Gloucester Daily Times)

CASINOS

Former state Senate president Stan Rosenberg pens an op-ed giving the state high marks so far on the casino industry whose contours he helped shape, but says the gambling commission must get it right when it comes to handling the sexual misconduct allegations against former Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn, the “Region C” casino license, and sports betting. (Boston Globe)

MassLive reviews MGM Springfield’s record of meeting promises it laid out in its 2013 host agreement.

Sports betting is coming soon — to a smartphone near you, reports the Herald’s Michael Silverman in the next installment of his series on sports gambling.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/COURTS

Robert Kraft allegedly visited a Florida spa to pay for sex hours before the Patriots played in the AFC championship game in Kansas City, according to court records released on Monday. (Boston Globe) The affidavits filed in the case lay out the charges in lurid detail. (Boston Globe) The allegations led WBUR to look at sex trafficking in Massachusetts, where 40 people have been charged with trafficking since 2011. Patronizing a sex trafficking operation may not be what’s meant by the “Patriot way,” but the charges don’t seem to be dampening fans’ enthusiasm for the team. (Boston Globe)

Lawrence police officer Carlos Vieira was arrested Monday on charges that he raped a 13-year-old boy he met last summer through a social media app. (Eagle-Tribune)

A Springfield city councilor is calling for a “top-down audit” of the city’s police department following release of a video showing an officer grabbing and arresting a student in the hallway of a city high school. (MassLive)

David Plunkett, the former Essex County assistant register of deeds who is also the nephew of the elected register, pled guilty Monday to federal charges related to his role in a condo conversion scheme in Salem. (Salem News)

Thomas Brazie, a 53-year-old Housatonic resident, is going to trial for allegedly punching and elbowing an 18-year-old intellectually disabled student at Brookside School when Brazie was an employee there. (The Berkshire Eagle)

The 2018 “red flag” law allowing authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous was invoked to take weapons from six people last year. (Gloucester Daily Times)

MEDIA

The Nieman Journalism Lab interviews foundation leader Molly de Aguiar on philanthropic support for journalism enterprises.

PASSINGS

Harold Brown, who built a Boston real estate empire and had several brushes with controversy along the way, died at age 94. (Boston Globe)