Developer Anagnost sues city over parking lot denial
Developer Dick Anagnost has sued the city over the board’s denial in April of his proposal to use a parcel of land adjacent to River’s Edge as a parking lot from which employees would be shuttled to the Millyard.
The Planning Board had already approved the use of the parcel, on Hancock Street immediately east of the medical complex, for a residential building that would cater to patients and their families. Anagnost said the residential project has been put on hold and is considered a final phase in the build out of River’s Edge. In the meantime, he wants to use the 47-space parking lot component of the development for a shuttle service to the Millyard.
“This board can’t grant something that’s temporary,” Roy said. “I’m concerned about this being a parking lot in perpetuity.”
Roy did not return a call for comment earlier this week.
City attorney Peter Chiesa said he was limited in what he could say about pending litigation, but he maintained that the Planning Board’s decision was “both legal and reasonable.”
Demand for parking in the Millyard has increased in recent years as companies have expanded there.
“Without a doubt, this will spur economic development downtown and in the Millyard,” he said of parking lot shuttle service.