When the Boston Herald moves from the South End to the Seaport District in early 2012, it will be accompanied by a hefty bill for some Herald staff members: up to $150 a month for parking. That’s according to a “Dear Herald Employee” letter from publisher and owner Pat Purcell, obtained by Media Nation earlier this week.
“Free parking in Boston is a rarity and, sadly, there will not be free parking for any employee — myself included — when we move to the Seaport Center,” Purcell writes.
Employees currently pay nothing to use the expansive parking lot next to the Herald’s plant. So having to pay $1,800 a year for 24/7 parking amounts to a considerable reduction in pay.
Purcell begins his letter by saying he has been unable to meet with the staff in person because of recent hip-replacement surgery, and goes on to say that the new location has extensive public-transportation options, including a free shuttle bus that travels back and forth to North Station. He adds that there are other non-monthly parking lots in the area, though no rates are mentioned.
You can read the full text of Purcell’s letter here.