Ego Alley to Be Filled In, Converted to Parking Lot

Tourists and other onlookers gawked with amazement this past weekend as a barge carrying a 100 foot crane awkwardly maneuvered into place in Ego Alley in downtown Annapolis. The looming construction equipment dominated the small channel, usually filled with expensive yachts and sailboats, fueling speculation of what was to come.

A call to the Annapolis Department of Public Works was answered by a city employee, who spoke with this reporter off-the-record, confirming that the channel had been cleared of all vessels in anticipation of an impending construction project. Beginning at the end of the week, Ego Alley will be filled in with gravel, reclaimed concrete blocks, and  topsoil in an area stretching from the Market House to just past Pusser’s Landing, at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. Stage two of the construction project, which involves paving over the former waterway and converting it to a parking lot, will commence in late winter of 2016.

Joe Budge, Alderman representing Ward One, which includes the downtown

A crane barge arrived in Ego Alley this past weekend.

A crane barge arrived in Ego Alley this past weekend.

area, says that this project has been in the works for some time and the funding just became available.

When questioned about the surprise move, Budge said, “We were very open on this project fro the start.” He continued, “We had the public hearing signs up for some time inside the old Steven’s Hardware Building, back in what used to be the storeroom. No one ever showed up to any of the hearings to make their concerns known, so we’re moving forward.”

Although some residents are bound to be upset by the drastic change downtown, a new parking lot will be a valuable asset to businesses and the city’s tourism trade, according to Annapolis Mayor, Michael Pantelides.

“You can’t please everyone, and that goes especially for some folks in Ward One,” said Pantelides, with a chuckle. “But if you ask anyone…residents, business owners, tourists…what is the number one problem in Annapolis, they’ll tell you it’s a lack of parking. And this is a big step to solving that problem. Plus, it comes down to what generates more revenue..docked boats or parked cars. Do the math.”

The downtown advocacy group, Save Annapolis was unavailable for comment as the members of the group could no longer be located. The new owners of the Annapolis Boat Shows declined to comment specifically, only saying that they were weighing their options for the future and that might include renting very large above-ground pools for their events.

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  1. Betsy says:

    They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot!

  2. Paul says:

    This article is wrong . There fixing the bulkhead. Might take away 8 inches of ego alley !

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