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    Quincy closes downtown parking lot

    Quincy’s main downtown parking lot closed for good on July 9 — making way for construction to start on a 15-story apartment building and a 712-space municipal parking garage and surrounding outdoor courtyard designed as “civic space.”

    A large portion of the Hancock lot already had closed three months ago when construction began on a third project: a large mixed-use development on Hancock Street that will house apartments above first floor retail and commercial space.

    At its peak, the Hancock parking lot had more than 500 spaces, and had gradually been whittled to about 100, according to Christopher Cassani, the city’s Director of Traffic, Parking, Alarm and Lighting.

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    Cassani said the city has been able to accommodate both regular parking customers and visitors with an interim parking program that includes shuttle buses from outside of Quincy Center and valet parking in other downtown lots.

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    The city also has made arrangements with local churches and businesses to use their parking areas, he said. At night, parking is available at the courthouse lots and Quincy Mutual Insurance Co., he said. “Some folks may have to walk a little bit farther, but it’s going really well,” he said of the interim parking arrangement.

    He said the new parking garage is expected to open in the fall of 2019.

    Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.