Trustees leaning towards pay lot for Lincklaen Street parking

— The latest update on village plans to convert 22 Lincklaen St. from a house to a parking lot is that the lot and the house are getting prepped for construction to begin, and the trustees are moving closer to a decision on whether the lot should have paid or free parking.

“I feel that this should be a pay lot,” said Trustee Peggy Van Arnam at the board’s May 6 regular meeting. Van Arnam, a member of the board’s parking committee, made a similar statement at the April meeting, and said last week her belief came after spending the past month talking to community members, meeting with the parking committee, consulting with village officials in Skaneateles (which has a paid public parking lot) and receiving information from a reputable parking lot pay station vendor.

The planned Lincklaen Street parking lot will be located between the post office and the Catherine Cummings Theater, and will merge into the current parking area behind the theater that is used by both the college and the Lincklaen House.

The preliminary design plan contains 22 total spaces, a one-way entrance from Lincklaen Street, 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.

Van Arnam said she believes having a paid public parking lot will reduce confusion in village visitors over where to park; it will be used mainly by visitors and shoppers and will generate profits; the pay station revenue will ultimately pay for the machine itself; and it is likely there will always be spots available after the street spaces are full. If the new lot contains free parking, it will be filled immediately every morning by downtown employees and college students and leave nothing for shoppers or visitors, she said.

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