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Now What? Salem Garages at Capacity as Storm Approaches

Where do you put your car when the local garages are full?

Salem's South Harbor Parking Garage.
Salem's South Harbor Parking Garage.

Editor's Note: There were plenty of parking spaces at both garages between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan 21. 

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By 11 a.m. Tuesday, both of Salem's downtown parking garages were filled to capacity as a powerful snowstorm moved into the region. 

At 12:30 p.m., the city announced that a snow emergency will go into effect at 10 p.m. tonight

At their last meeting, Salem city councilors unanimously approved changing the city's garage parking policy during snow emergencies to a flat fee of $5 for any period of time up to 24 hours.

The idea, councilors hoped, was that the $5 would be incentive to keep garage spaces open at least until downtown residents get home from work on the day of snow emergencies.

In addition to the new flat rate, the policy stipulates that vehicles parked in city garages during a snow emergency should be removed from the garage by the close of business on the day the snow emergency ends. 

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Are you a downtown Salem resident who was hoping to park your vehicle in one of the garages overnight?

Do you expect there will be available spaces this evening? How about at 10 p.m.? 

Where do you plan on parking your car if you can't find a space in one of the garages? 

Let us know in the comments section below

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Alternative parking locations, according to the city's website: Blaney St. Parking lot (Salem Ferry Landing); Forest River Park; Gallows Hill-Lower; Mack Park; Broad St. Playground; Castle Hill Playground; Salem Willows Park; Bentley School lot; Carlton School lot; Witchcraft Heights School lot; Bates School lot; Saltonstall parking area on Salem Street, and the Collins Middle School lot on Jackson Street.  

Merry Christmas January 21, 2014 at 03:00 PM
What happen to good old getting to know people and the resident sticker or someone checking lic and reg. pinheads downtown
john January 21, 2014 at 06:34 PM
The problem here is that the city should not be making arrangements for homeowners to park because they don't have a space on their own property. Obviously this new plan is not looking very fair. City garages were built for visitors and people doing business in Salem, not private homeowner parking. People who buy homes without parking really should have took that into consideration. Salem has a winter every year.
Edward January 21, 2014 at 07:20 PM
Perhaps the City Council ought to revisit this issue at their next meeting.
Merry Christmas January 21, 2014 at 10:32 PM
its all about balls engineering and getting er done. build we drill drill fracked and pushed for no coal. build garages so people are not idling and driving around aimlessly burning fuel. if had money id buy land or buildings and tear em down . but I don't own a car so ill speak for those who do.

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