2013-06-28 / Community

In the News

Otto Pizza gets parking
By Jack Flagler
Staff Writer

SOUTH PORTLAND – When South Portland was chosen as the location of the third Otto Pizza in Maine, some residents wondered where customers would park at the busy intersection of Cottage Road and Highland Avenue.

City councilors hope they have found an answer to that question, as they informally approved a plan to carve a small triangle out of the South Portland Public Library’s property to sell to the owner of 159 Cottage Road for use as additional parking.

The 1,500-square foot property on the north side of the property at 159 Cottage Road will be sold for $4,500 to Art Girard, the owner of the building Otto Pizza plans to move into this summer. The owners of the eat-in and take-out restaurant, Anthony Allen and Mike Keon, hope to open in late July or early August.

City Manager Jim Gailey estimated the space could accommodate six or seven parking spaces for customers at the pizza shop. The council did not officially vote on the sale because votes are not taken at workshops, but each of the seven members expressed their approval for the plan.

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