KINGSBURY — A solution to overcrowded parking during Town Court could be in sight.
The town bought a vacant lot on the corner of Michigan Street and Division Street for $25,000, which it is planning to turn into an overflow parking lot likely next year.
The 80-foot by 120-foot lot is on the same side of the street as the court and town office building, and will also be adjacent to a new dialysis center that will be constructed. The lot is expected to add about 26 spaces, said Highway Superintendent Michael Graham at a Town Board meeting Monday night.
The town has struggled with parking on Wednesdays and Thursdays when court is in session, after the village of Hudson Falls dissolved its court system in April 2016. The town took on the village’s court cases, which more than doubled its current load and also presented the then-newly built town hall with an unexpected parking problem.
Town Supervisor Dana Hogan said efforts to expand court dates and hours were unsuccessful, because the district attorney’s office said it is already stretched thin and couldn’t provide coverage. Safety also became an issue, because visitors were parking on the streets, walking along the road and at times blocking the sight lines from neighbors’ driveways.
Ringer Auto Group, a business across the street, told the town it was making the lot available for sale, and the town jumped on it, Hogan said, purchasing it last month.
The town is also working on a state grant application for the Justice Court Assistance Program, which it hopes will cover at least some of the costs of the new parking lot. The application is due in October, Graham said.
Construction likely will not begin until spring of next year.
In other news, speed limits have been reduced on Casey and Park roads from 55 mph to 45 mph. Graham said the new signs will be posted and he hopes to see people start slowing down.