BANGOR – How drivers enter the Pickering Square Parking Garage will be changed over the weekend.
In order to move the entrance, the garage will close at 5 p.m. Friday and it will not reopen until Monday morning.
“That means that any cars that are parked in the garage won’t be able to exit the garage at that time,” said Betsy Lundy, Bangor’s downtown coordinator.
Lundy said people who don’t need their cars over the weekend can leave them in the garage.
The city will return on Nov. 2 to pave the area, upsetting some area business owners because the date is set aside for “Early Bird Saturday,” an event designed to bring shoppers downtown.
“Early Bird Saturday is the third-largest shopping day of the year for us down there,” said Jamie Clark, who owns Willie Wags on Harlow Street. “So it’s a really big deal.”
“We’re open all day,” she said of downtown businesses. “So we have staggered openings, anywhere from 6, 7, 8, 9 o’clock in the morning and we’re open until 3 [p.m.] Some of them stay open right until 6 o’clock so it is an all-day event.”
In year’s past, sponsor Downtown Bangor Partnership has arranged for free parking in the garage during the event. Lundy said after consulting with her, the city specifically chose times that wouldn’t conflict with the early bird sale. The paving starts at 10 a.m. and should last until 6 p.m.
Several downtown business owners expressed concerns on the city’s Facebook post about the garage changes, with more than one calling it “poor planning.”
Clark said she plans on attending Tuesday’s city council workshop at 5:30 p.m. to express her concerns and invited others to join her.