WALLINGFORD — The Simpson Court rear parking lot may be redesigned to once again connect Center and Church streets, if the town funds the project.
The Town Council is slated to consider funding for three municipal parking lot paving and improvement projects at its Tuesday meeting.
The three parking areas include the string of leased parking areas behind Simpson Court, plus two lots off Wallace Avenue, one behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and one near the police department’s parking lot.
The total cost is $375,000 for paving and improvements to all locations.
Town Engineer Alison Kapushinski requested the appropriation to the Capital and Non-recurring Expense Fund for construction expenses.
The funds would supplement approximately $47,800 in the Cap and Non account previously allocated for the projects.
Part of the Simpson Court rear parking lot reconstruction would restore the vehicular connection between Center Street and Church Street, while providing a more organized parking area, Kapushinski said in a Jan. 4 memo to Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr.
In general, the project would include demolishing the existing parking lot and planter walls, regrading the lot, improving the drainage and striping the public parking spaces in green lines.
The Town Council also is slated to consider renewing the leases for Simpson Court’s rear parking lot.
The town holds leases from several private property owners. F&M Bank Wallingford LLC owns 2 North Main Street, Barnes Homestead LLC owns 34-40 North Main Street, Masonic Temple Corporation of Wallingford owns 50 North Main Street and 60 North Main Street LLC owns the corresponding property.
Under the lease agreements, the town agrees to “maintain and keep in good condition and repair” the public parking area — which includes paving, utility pole and light fixture maintenance, storm water drainage repairs, snow removal, greenery maintenance, parking line striping, surface litter removal, pothole and crack repair — and enforcing municipal parking rules.
The town also must maintain general liability insurance.
There are 85 proposed public parking spaces within the town’s lease area. The term of the lease is 25 years.
All owners have agreed to sign the leases upon the town’s approval of the project, Dickinson said in a Jan. 5 letter to the council.
The remote meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. For information on how to access the meeting, visit www.wallingford.ct.us and scroll to the upcoming meetings and events calendar.