Those who frequent the Linear Trail may have some extra parking to use when arriving for a day to spend in nature.
At the Cheshire Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on May 10, plans for expanding the parking lot for the Farmington Canal Linear Trail at the Railroad Avenue entrance was proposed by the Department of Public Works. A public hearing will be held on June 28.
“The current existing lot is small,” explained PW Director George Noewatne. “(The proposed lot) would augment the number of spaces in that area.
Currently, the lot has only 12 spaces, including one handicapped space, and is surrounded by a number of busy local businesses such as Rossini’s Pizza, Ball & Socket Arts, and Country Lumber Inc.
The new proposed lot would have 18 spaces split evenly, with nine spaces on each side, as well as a 24-inch-wide access drive. According to the plans, “all (lot) improvements shall be installed within property owned by the Town of Cheshire and shall conform to the Town Public Improvement standards.”
Noewatne also explained that there has been an issue of linear trail users parking in the lots of local businesses instead of the lot located on Railroad Avenue.
“Hopefully, it will also keep trail users from parking in the business parking lots in that area,” he said.
According to the proposed plans, there will be no impact on the trail bathrooms in the area or the actual linear trail walkway.