Parking lot at library opens with access onto E. Main St.

August 11, 1994|By From Staff Reports

A former parking garage beside the Westminster library reopened yesterday as a parking lot.

The parking area and access onto East Main Street were closed for three months while construction workers removed the ceiling and most of the side walls of the old Gilbert Garage.

The parking lot has been named the Thomas S. Diffendal Memorial Parking Lot, in memory of a longtime member of the local fire company and the municipal band.

Mr. Diffendal died in September 1993.

Drivers can now reach East Main Street from the parking area at the rear of the library by going through the Diffendal lot. Motorists who park in the Sentinel lot at East Main and Liberty streets will have to feed parking meters. The lot was open for free parking for library patrons during construction.

The city added four parking spaces to the 18 that had been in the garage as part of the demolition project.

The City Council decided in 1991 to demolish the roof after a consultant said it needed repairs. The demolition project cost about $111,000.

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