Parklet plan is delayed

April 5, 2013
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A “parklet” proposed for Tremont Street will come to Mission Hill later than expected, in late summer or early fall, following a community design process, City Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta told the Gazette.

“Now that we have determined the locations, our focus will be on their design,” he said. “We’re looking forward to engaging the community and developing creative designs for the parklets.”

A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck, created from two to three parking spaces. It may include tables and chairs, bicycle parking or planters, among other options.

The current plan will create a parklet in front of Lilly’s Gourmet Pasta Express and Mike’s Donuts at 1528 Tremont St. The parklet would remain on site, occupying two 2-hour parking spaces, until November.

When the parklet was first proposed, it was expected to be installed in the spring.

BTD is also about to start a community process on the design for the parklet, Gupta said. No meetings have yet been scheduled.

The pilot parklets will be installed at the City’s expense. If they are well-received and the program expands, future parklets will be a joint effort between the City and business owners.

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