Monday, August 11, 2008
EDC backs parking plan, and bid to buy two properties
In a foreshortened meeting of the Economic Development Committee, the commission backed a parking plan which would include the creation of a more extensive parking lot which links the City Hall lot with the Melilli Plaza lot, through regrading and demolition of a wall which divides the lots. The plan also calls for extension of the city lot adjacent to the court house, and development of a plan for a Main Street trolley.
The committee also voted to recommend the purchase of two properties, with existing homes, on Wadsworth Street near Long Lane. Money to buy the properties was stricken from the budget during deliberations between the mayor and the Common Council. Still the EDC felt strongly that the purchase would be beneficial to the city, since it owns adjoining property, and decided to recommend that the Common Council reconsider funding the purchase.
In a brief discussion of the extension of the lease for Harbor Park, which is still in mediation, town planner Bill Warner indicated that the details of the negotiated agreement were "falling apart" due to the ongoing controversy surrounding the lease extension. Committee member Joseph Bibisi agreed, saying that negotiations had "a long way to go."