Tisbury selectmen seek public comment on Water Street parking lot redesign


The Tisbury selectmen will hold a public discussion Tuesday on a proposed new design for the town’s Water Street parking lot, which is bordered by Stop & Shop and the police station. The discussion is the culmination of a several month process intended to find a way to take better advantage of the space, redesigned once before to much criticism.

In October, the selectmen established a nine-member town parking lot planning and design committee. It included town administrator Jay Grande, representatives from the Vineyard Transit Authority, planning board, finance and advisory committee, Stop & Shop representatives and four at large members.

The committee’s job was to look at plans for the parking lot prepared by the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, in conjunction with its proposal to expand its Vineyard Haven store, as well as possible alternatives.

Among the issues, the committee looked at traffic circulation in the lot, the location of utilities and town bathrooms, and the number and location of exits from the lot onto Water Street.

Mr. Grande will present a design and report on the committee’s recommendations, selectman chairman Jeff Kristal told The Times yesterday in a phone call.

“We’d like this to be a public discussion, to give members of the community an opportunity to weigh in,” Mr. Kristal said.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm, Tuesday, January 28.