Biddeford should catch up with us on parking

 QUICK VIDEO TOUR: News stories about parking and old mills rarely mention how much parking is available at Saco Island --- a lot of it!

QUICK VIDEO TOUR: News stories about parking and old mills rarely mention how much parking is available at Saco Island --- a lot of it!

We have plenty of parking here on the Island, but the same isn’t true across the river in Biddeford. Thanks to this article, “Parking needs hold back Biddeford mill development,” and many others like it, the southern Maine business community is very well aware of the limitations that our “competitors” across the river face. Just on Sunday, Biddeford’s mayor wrote in an email that, “without the garage, all redevelopment within the mills STOPS. It STOPS completely.” If you think that pleases us here on Saco Island, however, you’re mistaken. Sure we occasionally compete for tenants with our friends in Biddeford, but we think all mill development is good. We share one river and one economy, and we cooperate far more than we compete. The better we all do together, the better we all do. Hopefully the citizens of Biddeford support economic development and encourage their elected leaders to lead, and to build the long-awaited parking garage.

That said, we do think that it’s important for people to know that parking is NOT a problem at Saco Island. We have hundreds of spaces available, with plenty of space to expand if we ever need it. Take one minute and 17 seconds to watch this VIDEO. You’ll discover that media coverage of “the parking problem in the mill district” does not apply at all to the spaces for lease at Saco Island.