Sep 30, 2013 Jason Emerson Uncategorized
The sign is up, the ribbon is cut and the new village parking lot on Lincklaen Street has been officially dedicated by its namesake and prime creator, former Trustee Peggy Van Arnam.
Mayor Kurt Wheeler officially unveiled the sign naming the lot “Peggy’s Lot” during a ceremony last Friday, Sept. 27, at which about 20 people — village officials, local residents, and friends and family of Van Arnam — attended. Van Arnam was present for the dedication, and cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the lot for business.
“Never in my wildest imagination did I think I would ever have a parking lot named after me,” Van Arnam said. She said she hopes the lot will help attract more village visitors and downtown business customers who will spend lots of money in village shops, which will help the village government keep taxes low.
“This was really a team effort, but every team needs a leader,” Wheeler said. He said Van Arnam took that role with her “unending campaign” to make the parking lot come to fruition. “It’s amazing when an idea becomes a reality,” he said.
The property at 22 Lincklaen St. in between the Catherine Cummings Theater and the U.S. Post Office was purchased by the village in November 2012 specifically with the intention to build a new village parking lot. The house on the land was razed in July and village Department of Public Works crews spent the month of August constructing the lot. During the Sept. 3 village board meeting, the trustees approved the final resolutions necessary to complete the new parking space, including setting the fee, approving a handicapped spot and designating the official name. A soft opening for the lot occurred the week of Sept. 9.
The lot will have 23 parking spaces, which will cost $1 per hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with free parking on Sundays, holidays and every night from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. No overnight parking will be allowed. Users can also pay to park in smaller time increments, with 15 minutes costing 25 cents or 30 minutes costing 50 cents.
The new parking lot — which is a one-way lot with its entrance on Lincklaen Street — also will contain a drive-up mailbox, which should be in place “any day now,” Wheeler said.
“It’s very exciting,” said Gene Gissin, president of the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce. “Peggy is a very active member of the business district, she spearheaded the project, championed it and it happened; and for that we’re all grateful.”
Wayne Westervelt, vice president for marketing and communications at Cazenovia College, who was present at the dedication ceremony as a representative of the college, said the new parking lot will be an excellent resource for the entire Cazenovia community and is something that was needed in the village. The college was involved in the planning of the lot because its right of way will merge into the current parking area behind the college’s Cummings Theater.
“We wanted to see this happen and worked very closely with the village to make sure it did,” Westervelt said. “It is a resource to the community, and the college is part of the community.”
The sign dedicating the lot to Van Arnam also thanks and lists other individuals and groups that contributed to the project: Dunn & Sgrmo Engineering, Phil Cunningham, Russ Brownback, The Lincklaen House, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia Post Office and Cazenovia village and town DPW. Wheeler also thanked them all during his remarks.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican and Eagle Bulletin newspapers.