Some residents of Peaks Island are wondering whether or not they can resume parking at the Ocean Gateway Parking Garage on the Portland waterfront. Last Thursday about twenty (20) tenants of the parking garage owned by developer Jonathan Cohen were told they only had until Sunday evening to park there – after that they were out – evicted – gone!
Two days later city councilor Belinda Ray for District 1, including the waterfront, emailed tenants they had several days, until tonight Tuesday, to use the garage that is managed by United Parking Partners. Ray said that negotiations for them to remain were in the works. The city subsidizes the parking for some residents of Peaks Island.
Meanwhile, tenants have received no word from any city official or UPP – including the city manager or councilor Ray, as to whether or not their “eviction” stands or whether negotiations on their behalf were successful and they can stay at the Fore Street garage.
Mhn.com has contacted UPP, Councilor Belinda Ray and the city and has received no information on the eviction situation. Did someone forget to negotiate because of the long weekend for some.
UPP maintains a monopoly in parking in Portland and Dan McNutt, has had several run ins with the law in the past. One was a cocaine possession charge against him. There have been complaints against them in the past for various reasons including immediately booting cars when their parking fees run out – with no grace period.
For more background information on the eviction, please visit posts dated April 13, April 14, 2019 herein.