Common Council agrees to renovation of pedestrian mall, additional parking

February 26, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Westminster Common Council agreed last night to proceed with a $2.8 million plan to renovate the Locust Lane pedestrian mall and build a 2 1/2 -story parking deck on Longwell Avenue.

The $300,000 renovation plan for Locust Lane includes making the lane accessible to the disabled by raising its elevation, building a stage and replacing concrete planters with chairs, tables and benches.

The $2.5 million parking deck, which would be built on top of the Longwell parking lot, would add about 200 parking spaces to the lot's 125. The deck would be built on the corner of the Longwell lot closest to Locust Lane.

Built in the 1970s, Locust Lane runs between Main Street and the Longwell parking lot. Because it is one of the few open spaces in downtown Westminster, many people consider it to be like a town square.

With pedestrians walking to and from the Westminster branch of Carroll County Public Library and the throngs of people who crowd the plaza during the city's annual Flower and Jazz Festival, Locust Lane has a fair amount of foot traffic, officials noted.

Westminster officials expect to use the $192,800 the city received in Community Legacy funds from the state in December to help pay for the Locust Lane project. The city and private property owners will fund the rest.

Construction on both projects is to begin this year.

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