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Uptown Kingston Parking Lots memo

Uptown Kingston Parking Lots memo

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Memo from Kingston Alderman Thomas Hoffay to Common Council President James Noble.
Memo from Kingston Alderman Thomas Hoffay to Common Council President James Noble.

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Published by: Daily Freeman on Feb 23, 2013
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Thomas R. Hoffay Alderman City of Kingston Second Ward Thoffay160@gmail.


February 21, 2013 James Noble Jr. President City of Kingston Common Council 420 Broadway Kingston, New York Dear President Noble: I write concerning the conditions of the municipal parking lots located on North Front St. in the Second Ward, specifically the two lots that are accessible to traffic from that street. I have been advised by a number of merchants, especially those adjacent to and frequent users of the lots that conditions have deteriorated to the point that something has to be done if they are to remain usable. Personal observation quickly reveals that the two lots are subject to uneven surface settling, perhaps caused by prior building sites that were filled-in during construction. The guard rails surrounding the lots are no longer suitable as they are rusted and misshaped. The lots need to be not only repaved, but also relined and painted. To properly upgrade the lots, a capital expense might very well be involved. Complicating the issue, slightly, the lots seem to be under the jurisdiction of the Comptroller’s Office, rather than the Department of Public Works, reflecting their past use as metered, revenue producing parking areas. This opens the discussion of installing meters to compensate for maintenance expenses, a subject I have discussed with the Kingston Uptown Business Association. At this time, I don’t think it would be necessary to make that decision, but for long term planning it would seem wise to determine which area of city government has jurisdiction over the lots and how upkeep and maintenance is going to be provided. Another factor to be included in deciding the future of the parking lots is the “Uptown Stockade Area Transportation Plan”, conducted by the Ulster County Planning Office, 2008-2009 and adopted by the Common Council in 2009 (http://www.co.ulster.ny.us/planning/uctc/documents/stockade_final.pdf).

Thomas R. Hoffay Alderman City of Kingston Second Ward Thoffay160@gmail.com

Although I have not included the present municipal lot accessed from Schwenk Drive in this request, I do think that any successful solution to parking issues in the Uptown Stockade area must include replacing the original 300+ parking spaces in the former garage site and the option of reserved permit parking. Perhaps these options will be addressed in the release of the Request for Proposals solicitation expected later this year. I respectfully request that this matter be referred to the proper committee of the Common Council to examine possible solutions for these two lots. Sincerely, T.R. Hoffay Alderman

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