overgrown lot with the deteriorating house, at the
corner of Mill and Park avenues, has been purchased to
become a new city parking lot. The total cost of the
project after all reimbursements from the Cobblestone
Hotel, the Mineshaft and the Hartford BID, would be
about $193,000. The city closed on the property’s
purchase earlier this month.
HARTFORD — The city is now the
official owner of a residential lot at the corner of Mill Street and
Park Avenue after closing on the property’s purchase on Aug. 9.
Current residents of the home are expected to be moved out by Aug.
City workers will move in shortly after that and begin dismantling
portions of the home, which will be the site of a new parking lot to
serve customers in the downtown area. Officials said earlier they
hoped the lot can be ready for use sometime in October.
The purchase of the property along with the cost to construct the
new public lot will be divided between the city, the downtown BID
group, the Cobblestone Hotel and the Mineshaft Restaurant. The site
currently has a dilapidated two-story home and garage on it along
with a yard heavily overgrown with weeds, trees, shrubs and other
The site is also directly across the street from the Jack Russell
“Demolition will start the week of Sept. 9 and they will have until
Oct. 31 to complete the project,” said City Administrator Steve
Volkert. “If in the event, that due to unforeseen circumstances, the
demolition takes longer than expected, the actual blacktopping of
the parking lot might be done in spring.”
As part of the deal, the hotel and the Mineshaft will have overnight
use of several parking stalls in the new lot, the Mineshaft’s
adjacent gravel parking lot will be paved and parking stalls will be
“The net estimated total cost of the project to the city is $193,000
after all reimbursements are collected for the three other parties,”
Volkert said earlier. “These funds would come from the originally
allocated $1 million the city approved for downtown improvements in
Volkert said the new lot will give the city about 42 additional
parking spaces and with the spaces available in the other lot, owned
by Masters, there should be a total of 86 parking stalls. Part of
the agreement with the hotel is that eight stalls are to be reserved
for overnight parking by hotel customers.
Before the home is finally demolished officials had hoped members of
the Fire and Rescue Department could use the old home as a training
site, like many departments do with old buildings before they are
Police Chief David Groves said plans are still being finalized for
training by members of his department as well at the old home.
Increased parking for downtown customers was one of several goals
included in the city’s downtown redevelopment plan that was put into
motion about three years ago.
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