2018-06-14 / Front Page

Grand Victorian seeks parking from town

By Abigail Worthing
Staff Writer

OLD ORCHARD BEACH – The Grand Victorian will once again seek to lease a portion of the Milliken Street municipal parking lot.

The building, which houses both year-round and seasonal residents, has previously leased spots from Cap’n Mike’s Parking on 1st Street, but after a rate increase this year, the Grand Victorian was forced to seek aid from the city to provide parking to tenants.

In a proposal brought to the town council June 5, the Grand Victorian wants to lease up to 51 spaces in the lot for $30,000 for one year, with the possibility to extend one or two years for $35,000 annually. The Grand Victorian Condominium Association will be responsible for winter maintenance and parking enforcement.

According to Building Manager Ryan Saucier, tenants receive two parking spots with their condo, one at the Grand Victorian and another in a separate lot. Saucier said the building is always at occupancy, with 12 year-round residents and 39 seasonal residents.


The Grand Victorian Condo Association is seeking a parking agreement with Old Orchard Beach for additional parking in the Milliken Street municipal lot. Residents of the waterfront building, located on East Grand Avenue, currently are allowed one spot at the Grand Victorian, and one off-site. Left, a portion of the Milliken Street municipal lot could soon be leased to the Grand Victorian for resident parking. The lot was previously leased to the building in 2014. (Abigail Worthing photos) The Grand Victorian Condo Association is seeking a parking agreement with Old Orchard Beach for additional parking in the Milliken Street municipal lot. Residents of the waterfront building, located on East Grand Avenue, currently are allowed one spot at the Grand Victorian, and one off-site. Left, a portion of the Milliken Street municipal lot could soon be leased to the Grand Victorian for resident parking. The lot was previously leased to the building in 2014. (Abigail Worthing photos) In 2014 the Grand Victorian entered into a three-year agreement with the town to lease this same portion of the Milliken Street lot for $15,000 annually. However, during the second year of the agreement, the condominium association looked for a better deal and backed out.

During the June 5 meeting, Councilor Shawn O’Neill raised concerns about the increase in price from $15,000 in 2014 to the $30,000 current offer, doubled since the last agreement.

“It seems a little high,” said O’Neill, who was the lone dissenting vote in the proposal’s first reading, which passed 4-1.

Town Manager Larry Mead detailed how he came to the figure, adding that the lot, which may fill up on a summer weekend, usually only generates between $3,000 and $5,000 annually. The agreement would allow for the town to make a profit on the spaces and stay below the current rate being offered to the Grand Victorian.

Councilor Michael Toussaint said he is opposed to overnight parking downtown, adding that the city sells overnight parking passes at $300 for the summer to park in municipal lots. The permits, he said, are priced high to deter people from buying them.

When Councilor Jay Kelley made a motion to vote on the proposal, Toussaint took a moment to clarify that the agreement would only be for one year with the option to extend, rather than a three-year agreement, to ensure the council could revisit the issue in a year in case of noise and trash issues.

Phillip Daugsiewicz, treasurer of the Grand Victorian Condominium Association, made a plea for a price reduction, requesting a rate of either $20,000 or $25,000. He argued that if all 51 tenants bought the $300 overnight passes it would be $15,300, and the association would be willing to set the cost at $20,000 to make up for any lost revenue.

Councilor Kenneth Blow took issue with Daugsiewicztrying to negotiate with the council, adding that the price should have already been agreed upon before the item came before the council.

“This is business. We are charging you a fair rate,” said Council Chairman Joseph Thornton. “We have a responsibility to taxpayers to look out for the town’s best interests and we’re offering a lower option than anywhere else.”

The issue will be taken up at the next council meeting, yet to be scheduled.

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