The Essex Crossing development project will be bringing 1,000 new apartments and many new commercial businesses to the former Seward Park urban renewal site. But in the short term, it also means the loss of hundreds of parking spaces. In the past several days, people who use the Suffolk Street Parking facility saw the first signs of the looming changes. A notice went up just inside the entryway announcing the closure of the parking lot on December 31 and thanking customers “for all the years of loyalty and patronage.”
The independently-run facility, which provides parking spaces for 90 cars, sits on Site 5 of the 1.9 million square foot Essex Crossing site. The parcel also includes a former fire house and two tenements. Plans for the site call for a building containing 200 apartments, a full-service grocery store, as well as a 15,000 square foot park and, possibly, a new public school. Demolition could begin any day now.
There are a total of about 500 parking spaces on various development parcels within the Seward Park project. The city-approved land use plan indicated that those spaces could be replaced with underground parking. At least in public, however, the development team has not indicated how much parking they plan to provide.
A second parking lot, located at Ludlow and Broome streets, is also part of the first phase of construction. No closing date as of yet for that facility, which has 65 spaces.
This past summer, Suffolk Parking owner Marci Schochet said the business had been in her husband’s family for decades. He passed away in the last year.