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New village parking lot designs, possible fees taking shape

— Potential architectural designs and public use guidelines for the planned parking lot to be built at 22 Lincklaen St. are currently being circulated and considered by members of the village board of trustees as they continue to move forward with plans to increase public parking in the village.

Numerous design concepts for the lot layout have already been established and generally agreed to by the board, although the decision on whether or not parking will be free or on a fee basis has yet to be determined.

“This is the first really new parking change in the village in decades, and we really have a chance to do it right,” said Trustee Peggy Van Arnam during the board’s April 1 meeting.

The new lot, which will be located between the post office and the Catherine Cummings Theater, will merge into the current parking area behind the theater that is used by both the college and the Lincklaen House, and therefore there are three parties involved in the overall planning process for the new lot: the village, the Lincklaen House and Cazenovia College, said Mayor Kurt Wheeler. All three groups are in favor of the new lot and are working together to create the best possible architectural plan, he said.

The current design plan — which is only preliminary — contains 22 total spaces and numerous attributes that will almost certainly be included in the final design, such as a one-way entrance from Lincklaen Street (whether the exit will be onto Albany Street by the Pewter Spoon/Realty USA building or onto Center Street is currently undetermined); a drive-through post office box for the postal service; some kind of vegetation buffering from the sidewalk and street to create a pleasing aesthetic appearance; and the inclusion of signage in the lot to direct visitors to other available village parking as well as other village shops and amenities.

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