Council seeking downtown parking solution

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A map provided by Engineering Resources highlights a property the Leo-Cedarville Town Council has considered purchasing in order to build a downtown parking lot. (Contributed)

By LOUIS WYATT
lwyatt@kpcmedia.com

LEO-CEDARVILLE — The Leo-Cedarville Town Council continued its search for future downtown parking during a meeting June 4. The council plans to construct a parking lot in order to accommodate residents visiting the downtown area, which would complement the town’s downtown streetscape project and future commercial development.

Town Manager Patrick Proctor identified four parcels of land the town could seek to acquire. Council members felt two of them were too far from the downtown area, and most of them were not large enough to construct more than about 20 parking spaces.

Currently, the most attractive land to council members is at 15020 S.R. 1, which houses the building directly south of the Leo Café. The building is currently vacant and has an existing parking lot in the back. However, Proctor indicated the town may have to purchase the building as well, which would make the property considerably more expensive than the other three options. The building could be demolished to make room for additional parking spaces.

Proctor told council last week that he plans to seek additional information about the property, including whether or not the town would have to purchase the vacant building.

The town is also considering purchasing a parking lot and part of another property behind Just Be apparel + accessories.