By Joshua Maloni
Don’t let the empty parking spaces fool you: Center Street businesses are open, as usual.
Curb-to-curb milling began Monday and prevented patrons from parking along the roadway (from about Eighth Street to Fourth Street) during the day. Some degree of interruption will continue at least throughout this week, if not longer, as crews prepare to repave the road.
Merchants are making alternate arrangements for guests.
Chris Budde of Brewed and Bottled Craft Beer Shop is asking patrons to park on Ridge Street and walk to his store. The same goes for his neighbors at Battle Flag Tavern, Mad Hatter and Sgt. Peppers Hot Sauces, Etc.
Leandra Collesano said, “For Lewiston Love and retailers next to us on the north side of the 400 block, there is plenty of parking in the Frontier House parking lot – accessed via Ridge Street. It’s just a beautiful walk through the Peace Garden (in full spring bloom!) to get to the store.”
Laura Mann Falsetti of You & Me boutique said, “You & Me, Spicey Pickle, Hurtin 4 Curtains – we have a parking lot behind our building.”
KeyBank’s Kyle Heath said the “Bank lot is open; come in off Plain if needed.”
Jamie Symmonds said, “Giusiana Architects is open, park on South Seventh Street.”
Michael Broderick said, “Orange Cat has a parking lot in the rear and public parking on the side of South Seventh that is available to use.”
Michael Fiore of the Village Bake Shoppe, and his neighbor, Sara Liberale of The Rose Hanger, said customers can use their shared parking lot on Plain Street.
“No Parking” hours are posted as 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
When able, people were back out and camped in front of their favorite restaurants Monday evening.
Though work extended to Ninth Street on Tuesday, cars were permitted to park in more areas during the day. Of course, they’ll have to move again once paving begins.
Center Street is expected to remain open while the milling continues (milled surfaces can be driven over and parked on). “No Parking” areas and lane adjustments will be marked, as necessary.
The New York State Department of Transportation is removing the top layers of pavement in preparation for a new topping this month. Work is supposed to wrap by June 1.