New parking lot plans include 63 spots

Parking for 63 cars could fit on the acre of wooded town land behind the Casey Energy depot off Bailey Avenue, with access through the current town parking lot off Governor Street, First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the selectmen last week.

The cost would be about $570,000. “I think that’s probably low for 63 parking spaces,” Marconi said. “$9,047 per spot.”

The parking lot — talked about for years — was plotted out by Town Engineer Charles Fisher, who provided the cost estimate, Marconi said.

The decision on whether to seek money for the project in next year’s capital budget — already about $3 million, exceeding a $2.75-million target — will be part of the selectmen’s deliberations at nightly budget meetings next week.

“It looks great,” said Selectman Steve Zemo. “If we could get a pedestrian and vehicular connection through the Casey lot …”

Marconi said he’d ask Shane Casey about access through the depot. Another possible pedestrian access route might be along the RVNA’s northern property line, Marconi said.

“For $500,000 or $600,000, “ said Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark, “we have to be sure it’s used.”