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Skaneateles village board discusses future of parking lot, vacant building space

A site plan for the reconstruction of the parking lot surrounding the village hall. The new design is meant to make the property more appealing and will increase accessibility for pedestrians.

A site plan for the reconstruction of the parking lot surrounding the village hall. The new design is meant to make the property more appealing and will increase accessibility for pedestrians.

The Skaneateles Village Board discussed its plans for the village hall parking lot and the future of two vacant spaces on the property at its Dec. 30 meeting.

Connie Brace, of QPK Design, gave a brief presentation on the updated plans for the parking lot reconstruction. Brace had presented the plans before, but noted that the latest draft is updated to reflect the two one-way entrances to the lot from an adjoining property.

As per an agreement reached with apartment building owner Rondald Patulski, the adjacent lot will have two one-way entrances on to the village lot for motorists exiting the apartment building lot or the post office lot to safely exit to Fennell Street. The entrances required a dumpster and some fencing to be removed and an easement to be granted to the village. In exchange, the village agreed to not take action over the encroachment that occurred when Patulski paved his parking lot onto village property years ago.

The plan also calls for the lot to be set up in a loop with one-way entrances and exits. It will add pedestrian paths to both Fennell Street and the Tops parking lot and new landscaping.

In keeping with the environmentally friendly design of the building, the parking lot will include new drainage and treatment areas for storm-water, a rain garden next to the front entrance (which is already in place), increased accessibility for pedestrians, bike racks and electric car charging stations.

The final cost of the project is yet to be determined, though the project could be paid for by the budgeted $266,400 for transportation infrastructure improvements from Onondaga County, Mayor Marty Hubbard said.

The money comes through a program the county instituted to give support to villages, who no longer receive any sales tax revenue from the county as of 2013.

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