Hingham town officials have expressed concern with parking for a new residential and commercial development on Central Street downtown.
Another proposed development in downtown Hingham has raised some concern with parking in the square.
Hingham Police Chief Glenn Olsson said the proposed development planned to go where Krigsman Yoga is on Central Street may create an issue with parking, in a letter to the Planning Board June 10.
“Over the years we have struggled to allocate and maximize the limited parking in the square," he said in the letter. "The board’s have done their best to mitigate the changing business model from storefront product sales to health related business that have high-volume parking demands based on class schedules."
Plans for the development call to demolish the Krigsman Yoga building and the office building next door, 25 to 33 Central St., and build an 8,000 square foot commercial and residential building. The building would have eight, two-bedroom condominium units total on the second and third floors (four on each floor) and on the ground floor, space for a commercial use and a parking garage.
The proposed garage has a total of 23 spaces, two of which are blocked in and five of which are lift spaces. In the letter, Olsson said he was concerned with both the blocked and lift spaces. Hingham's Traffic Engineer Jeffrey Dirk requested more information on the lift parking in the posted traffic review as well. Patrick Brennan of Armory Engineers, who reviewed the documents regarding the development, questioned the feasibility of having two tiers of cars in the garage space in a letter to the town.
“Safety concerns and vehicle access seem complicated,” Olsson said in the letter.
Two of the spaces are also tandem parking.
Parking downtown can be found on street, the merchants parking lot behind The Whitney Gordon's Jewelers and the station street lot.
Other developments in the works in downtown Hingham are mixed-use commercial and residential buildings at the old Settles Glass site on Station Street and another on Bank Ave. The Station Street development has all its approvals from town boards. The Bank Ave development is still working to get approvals.
The new Lincoln building on South Street is nearing completion as well.
The Central Street project would sit between two difficult intersections downtown, Elm Street and South Street, so Olsson said they should be careful with traffic. He also said Central Street needs to have better sidewalk access and improved pedestrian safety, like curbing to prevent cars from jumping onto sidewalk.
Developers in the application said they hope that the commercial space of the development will be used by Krigsman Yoga. East Coast Investigative Services is in the other building that would be demolished.
Hearing dates for the proposed development have not yet been posted on the town website.