Worried that the section of Merrimack Street closest to White’s Corner is too narrow to accommodate a designated loading area, city councilors tabled an ordinance that would change downtown parking rules to allow two service zones in front of Harbor Place.
Councilors Joseph A. Bevilacqua and Michael S. McGonagle, as well as council Vice President Melinda Barrett opposed the designated zone, saying allowing vehicles to park in front of the building force passing cars into the oncoming lane of traffic.
“It’s an unsafe situation,” Bevilacqua said.
Councilors Thomas S. Sullivan and William J. Macek called for further study.
“I’m wondering why this is here,” Macek said. “People looking at still-vacant restaurant locations must have commented there was no place for service unloading.”
Macek suggested the council put off voting to allow City Engineer John H. Pettis to explain why the service zones were proposed.
The council will take up the proposed ordinance again in three weeks.