Plan to improve Southington parking lot meant to help local businesses

Plan to improve Southington parking lot meant to help local businesses

Record-Journal


SOUTHINGTON — An existing Eden Avenue parking lot next to Derynoski Elementary School will be repurposed into a municipal parking lot for patrons of local businesses.

The Town Council approved a technical vote to repurpose the lot at a meeting this week.

The parking lot will have 42 spots and two handicap spaces. Town Manager Garry Brumback said the parking lot could be ready within 4 to 6 weeks and will cost less than $5,000.

Brumback said the parking will benefit area businesses.

“It was just a matter of number,” he said. “The businesses just didn’t have a lot of parking on site.”

Work to be completed at the parking lot includes repairs to the catch basin, crack sealing and repainting. A fence surrounding the lot will also be taken down.

Economic development director Lou Perillo said the idea to convert the lot to a municipal lot was first raised by local residents.

“It’s an underutilized parking lot,” he said. “Our hope is to spur activity.”

“We’re trying to do something to bring attention to this region, this is a very low cost efficient way of doing so,” Perillo added.

Perillo said the south portion of the parking lot, which has more than 60 spaces, is used by Derynoski school staff.

At the meeting, Town Councilor John Barry said he was uncomfortable with the project.

“I’ve seen this play out many times when they say there’s minimum cost, we all know that doesn’t always stay true,” Barry said. “As a member of the council, I almost think that I haven’t seen any data that suggest there’s somehow a lack of parking in the Eden Avenue area.”

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