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Lincklaen Street parking lot ‘soft opening’ this week

The new Lincklaen Street parking lot was paved and striped in the past two weeks. It is scheduled to open this week with an official dedication ceremony to occur at the end of the month.

The new Lincklaen Street parking lot was paved and striped in the past two weeks. It is scheduled to open this week with an official dedication ceremony to occur at the end of the month. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— The new public parking lot at 22 Lincklaen Street will have a soft opening this week with an official dedication ceremony to name the lot in honor of former village Trustee Peggy Van Arnam at the end of the month.

During the Sept. 3 village board meeting, the trustees approved the final resolutions necessary to complete the new village parking lot, including setting the parking fee, approving a handicapped spot and designating the official name.

After weeks of construction on the new lot throughout the month of August, the village Department of Public Works paved and striped the lot within the past two weeks. Prior to that, a new sidewalk had been poured, shrubbery and trees planted and a public bench placed near the entrance. The drive-through mailbox and informational signage will be placed in coming in the near future.

The lot will have 23 parking spaces, which is one more than had been anticipated, due to the removal of the designated handicapped parking space from the lot into the street. While the new handicapped space will be adjacent to the 10-minute spaces in front of the post office, the handicapped space will not be limited to 10 minutes, said Mayor Kurt Wheeler.

Parking in the Lincklaen Street lot 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.

The new parking lot — which is a one-way lot with its entrance on Lincklaen Street between the post office and the Catherine Cummings Theater — also will contain a drive-up mailbox. It is hoped that the new mailbox will significantly decrease the number of cars parked in the 10-minute spaces along Lincklaen Street from people simply dropping off mail inside the post office and will therefore create a “net increase” in village parking, Wheeler said.

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