We have been talking here in Allston about Harvard's plan for underground parking below the Science Complex on Western Ave and elsewhere on Harvard's future campus. This story tells of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority's interest in doubling the current 1,362-space Boston Common garage. To do this, an exemption would be needed from the US Environmental Protection Agency cap on parking spaces at Boston's downtown garages (currently set at 35,303). This cap was put in place to encourage commuters to use mass transit.
Harvard's new Master Plan proposes 7,345-7,545 underground parking spaces. That is a pretty big number, 1/5th as many parking spaces as in all of downtown Boston. Will the EPA have something to say about this?
Plan looks to double Common garage size - The Boston Globe