Embassy Garage to Close for 3 Months This Summer

By Chris Wangler 
February 25, 2024

 

The second level of the Embassy Parking Garage has been closed since last spring due to structural problems.

Now the city plans to close the entire garage to carry out long-overdue improvements.

During its last meeting, the Waltham Traffic Commission voted to close the garage for 90 days, starting on July 8. 

Mayor Jeannette McCarthy told the commission that the proposed closure date will allow visitors for three upcoming community events—Steampunk, Riverfest, Independence Day fireworks—to use the lower level of the garage.

But once the construction starts, it will require the closure of both floors of the garage, she added.

Will that wipe out all the parking in the area? No. On either side of the Embassy garage are two lots with surface parking.

Parking off Cooper Street near The Edison will be unaffected. 

But to allow access to 234 Moody Street behind the former Construction Site, the commission could consider temporarily making the one-way behind Brewers Tap & Table a two-way street.

If that happens, diners coming to Moody Street during the summer would still have some parking options. 

The mayor announced last week that Moody Street would not close at all this season, but restaurants wishing to operate outdoors could apply to do so between Memorial Day and Labor Day in parking spaces behind Jersey barriers.

Meanwhile, McCarthy told the commission that she is working with the Waltham Farmers’ Market for an alternate location. 

The market typically operates Saturdays from early June to late October in the surface parking lot at 234 Moody Street.

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