Cambridge Officials Debate Removal Of Mandatory Parking In Housing Builds

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — In the debate over prioritization of parking lot slating and housing development, Cambridge City Councilors may be leaning towards the latter, with a proposed removal of the minimum parking spaces required in new residency construction.

It's an idea that's finding much support from Councilors, with the goal of bringing down costs for developers, and in turn, encourage more units to be put up, according to a Boston Globe report. Other arguments in favor of the proposal say tenant rents could also see a decrease in their monthly payments should this pass through officials.

Cambridge is notably one of the more pedestrian-friendly communities in the Greater Boston Area already, and the parking proposal would only enforce that notion.

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WBZ's Jim MacKay spoke to a few Cambridge residents who seem to be in agreement with the thought.

"I generally support it— I do see both sides of it. It just feels like it's a lot safer for pedestrians, bicycles, and everyone in general," said one resident.

Though not everyone is on the same page, some on the Cambridge Planning Board say the move could turn away potential residents as the community is sparse when it comes to parking.

"I've heard stories of businesses losing traffic and it's a problem for them," said another resident on Massachusetts Avenue.

WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports.

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