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Article and Photos by Joshua Maloni
Looking to add parking on North Water Street, trustees in the Village of Lewiston have a plan to convert part of the grassy area at the corner of Onondaga Street into between six and eight striped spaces.
This addition would sit kitty-corner to The Silo Restaurant.
At Monday’s work session, the board discussed using the adjoining berm – a plan that would call for more than a dozen parking spaces overlooking the roadway. But at a site inspection, elected leaders instead voiced support of keeping the green space and adding picnic tables or benches to be used by parkgoers.
The half-dozen or so parking spaces would be parallel to Water Street, and cut a few feet into the berm. A sewer line would have to be covered before blacktop could be placed.
The proposed parking site.
“We’ve talked about this before. Spring is here, and we’re going to be needing extra parking,” Mayor Anne Welch said at the work session.
Trustees acknowledged this is a busy roadway – particularly when The Silo is open – and so plans also call for North Water Street to be widened. To do that, some of the larger existing parking spaces on the east side would be trimmed when the area is repaved.
A public hearing will be held before any final decision is made on this parking plan.
Welch said The Silo proprietor Alan Hastings offered to pay for the new parking spaces, which would be open to the public.