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One of the biggest –and from my perspective most significant — concerns among merchants in Newtonville about the proposed project at Austin Street was the loss of parking spaces during construction.

Today the city sent to aldermen a plan that identifies 70 new spaces inside Newtonville as well as the use of 100 spaces  (targeted for use by construction workers, commuters, seniors and village employees) at Aquinas School that would serviced by a shuttle bus.

The plans can be viewed here. (Starting on page 3) Here’s a summary of the added spaces:

100 long term spaces at Aquanis School, serviced by a shuttle bus.
17 new spaces added to Austin Street by temporally making the street one-way.
Three new free 30-minute un-metered spaces on Bram Way.
40 2-hour metered spots retained in the Austin Street lot during construction.
10 30-minute metered spots retained in the Austin Street lot during construction

All told this makes 170 “new” parking spots available during construction, but most notably there are 70 added spots inside the village.