Regional Round-up: Pay Parking Stations Considered
Also in news from Malden's neighbors: Wakefield considers raising athletic fees for hockey; and Springstep building for sale in Medford.
WINCHESTER—The town conducted a parking study, and according to the results, the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board were told that the lack of parking is hurting retail and restaurant sales and makes it difficult for clients to reach professional services.
To combat those issues, the town is moving towards a parking management plan that would include pay stations around the town center and in the parking lots.
A Bedford, Mass. man is facing drunk driving-related charges after driving the wrong way on Route 93 northbound in Stoneham Sunday night and injuring four people in a four-car crash, according to State Police.
James Milligan, 63, was arrested at Winchester Hospital and charged with OUI alcohol, leaving the scene of property damage accident, wrong way operation and OUI alcohol and causing a serious accident with personal injury, according to police. He was treated for injuries reportedly sustained in the crash and later bailed, according to police.
He is slated for arraignment on March 20 in Woburn District Court.
WAKEFIELD—There's an elephant in the room when it comes to paying for Wakefield High School sports. And it's wearing ice skates. The costs associated with running the Wakefield High School hockey program are astronomically higher than other sports and clubs due to the need to rent ice rink time. One season can cost up to $40,000 for just ice time rental alone, according to the School Department.
The most recently proposed idea would assess an extra $250 fee for students who choose to participate in hockey on top of the $260 all athletes pay to participate, bringing the total amount students must pay to play a season of hockey to $510.
MEDFORD—The Springstep studios building in Medford has been listed for sale. The asking price: $4.65 million. The 16,000 square-foot facility is being offered for sale through NAI Hunneman, a Boston-based commercial real estate company. The building was constructed and Springstep opened in 2003.
Springstep was established as a non-profit organization in 2000 by Deborah Hawkins, a supporter of folk and social dance. It aims to provide a "permanent home for these interconnected and culturally important art forms," according to the website.