News Roundup - Parking regs not so easy/Legion hosts Memorial Day

Parking regs not so easy

Winslow’s parking situation is too complicated to be solved by a single set of regulations, and may require new sub-districts within the downtown core, Bainbridge Planning Commission members said this week.

The commission Thursday tabled plans to reduce the current requirement

from four to three spaces per thousand square feet of new building space, saying that some streets, especially those along the waterfront, may have different needs.

At issue is whether to reduce parking requirements to make redevelopment downtown more feasible.

Sandy Fischer, Project Manager of Winslow Tomorrow said it was a mistake to “separate the issue of parking” from the overall Winslow Tomorrow plan, which was designed to be integrated.

Fischer said that because there are currently about two and a half spaces per downtown business, reducing the requirement for new buildings wouldn’t change things dramatically and “makes a lot of sense.”

But citing the complexity of the downtown situation, the commission upheld the current requirement until the needs of specific downtown sectors are identified.

Complaints from residents on Parfitt Way and Wood Avenue about the inclusion of their neighborhood in the downtown core also influenced the decision to hold off big changes for now.

Several told the commission that their neighborhood is different from Winslow Way and should be treated as such.

The commission also recommended reducing the distance requirements for off-site parking from 1,350 to 1,000 feet from businesses and 300 feet from residential developments.

– Chad Schuster

Legion hosts Memorial Day

The Bainbridge branch of the American Legion will sponsor two Memorial Day events this year to recognizing America’s war-dead.

The public is invited to “honor our dead, remember the cause for which they fought and affirm our trust in the future,” said Bill Beck, historian for American Legion Colin Hyde Post No. 172.

Events begin at Bainbridge High School where a brief service starting at 10:45 a.m. will include decorating the veteran’s memorial with flowers and flags.

The main program begins shortly after 11 a.m. at the Legion Hall on Bucklin Hill Road. Featured speakers include Rev. Alan Reynolds, an Episcopal priest and a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam in the late 1960s.

A Boy Scout honor guard will raise the post’s flag to full staff at noon, concluding the Legion’s events.

Legionnaires will also decorate veterans’ graves on Saturday with flags at all five island cemeteries. The flags will be removed Monday evening.

“This will allow families to remember their loved ones during the full holiday period,” said Beck.

For more information, call 842-6839.

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