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November 15 - 22, 2017 Page 3 Demolition for the Parking Garage to Begin Continued from page 1 question of whether the city should build the garage.” Cronin, who made funding for the garage a part of his campaign to cut city spending, voted against the garage last summer, which needed a two-thirds majority to be approved. “I’m not anti-garage,” Cronin said at the time of the vote. He argued that the proposed finances for the garage do not work and will have a detrimental effect on other city programs and services. In an open letter to the city residents, Holaday wrote that repayment of the bond “will be covered by a portion of parking revenues with no impact on the tax rate or need for an override/ debt exclusion vote.” Bids for the construction of the garage will be received in the next couple of weeks, Port said. Demolition of the old Fitness Factory will begin later this month and early December, Port Continued from page 1 The plan calls on communities to continue working together to strengthen their regulations and zoning bylaws to protect healthy natural habitats and restore those that have become unhealthy. The plan stresses the need for dune restoration, such as on Salisbury Beach and Plum Island, and the removal of invasive species, including the green crab. The plan proposes that municipalities approve what was described as Low Impact Developments (LIDs) through planning and zoning processes. Castonguay praised the town of Rowley for its flood plain bylaw. “Rowley is ahead of many communities,” Castonguay said. The resiliency plan also calls for identifying and protecting more wetlands, a measure that state Sen. Kathryn O’Conner Ives, D-Newburyport, said the state is actively pursuing. The good news, Ives told the crowd of environmentalists, is that the state differs from the Trump Administration in believing that global warming is real. City and town officials from Essex, Ipswich, Newbury and Newburyport appeared on a panel to outline steps that their municipalities are taking to protect the Great Marsh and prepare for the potential of rising seas and increased coastal and river flooding. Newburyport Mayor Donna said. Construction of the garage/ intermodal facility is scheduled to begin during the winter with expected completion by the end of 2018, Port said. “We have worked on this for decades,” Holaday said. “It took me over two administrations to get this $5 million, and it’s not something we can take lightly.” She wrote that if the voters had turned against funding the garage, it would “be a real detriment to the city.” The city has secured grants of $5 million from MassDOT and $1.5 million in federal funds, which the mayor has said may go away if the city did not approve funding for the facility. “If we do not move forward now,” the mayor wrote, “we cannot meet the timelines for release of funding and will lose $6.5 million and will have expended years of time, effort and expense to remain at the same juncture with no place to Protecting the Great Marsh Holaday said her city, especially Plum Island, has “huge vulnerabilities.” She said it will not be popular, but suggested that the city may have to ban future development on Plum Island. She recalled the enormous effort by the city two winters ago in what she called “snowmagedon” where she almost got stuck in a white out and called the city’s public service department to help get her home. “Plum Island will continue to challenge us forever,” she said. A major challenge will be the location of the city’s waste water treatment plant on the banks of the Merrimack. Projections are that the plant, which the city spent $34 million upgrading, is likely to be flooded as the seas rise, she said. “If we had known this 12 years ago, the design (of the plant) would have been different,” she said. Projections of river flooding is also impacting the proposed waterfront development by New England Development, Holaday said. The buildings will have to be elevated, which means the city will have to consider raising the height restrictions, she said. “These projects are expensive,” Holaday said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us.” A major challenge is building infrastructure to anticipate rising seas. Ipswich Conservation Agent Alicia Geilen said the town has relocate parking.” Building the garage will also allow the Waterfront Trust and Newburyport Redevelopment Authority to move forward on plans to remove 100 parking spaces from the gravel lots on the Merrimack River waterfront. The plan is to redesign and expand the public park on the river. “I’m so looking forward to Sea View Retreat -Since 1954 An extended Care Community Come in for a visit and compare! 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