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Construction started this morning on the municipal parking area behind the movie theater and Madison Coffee Shop. The construction has resulted in partial closure of the lot, leaving about half of the lot open to municipal parking. The construction of the area, which the town partially leases from Davis Realty for parking will include septic repairs as well as several improvements to the parking area. Because parking is limited in the front of the movie theater building due to the Madison Center Project construction, the town has worked with the construction company and members of the Davis Realty staff to keep approximately 30 parking open during construction.
“The original plan for this construction project was to close the parking area behind the post office and movie theater, however Jerry Davis of Davis Realty and Town Engineer Mike Ott worked with the construction contractor to devise a plan to keep almost half of the parking spaces open,” said Ryan Duques, Chairman of the Economic Development Commission. “Because parking is being interrupted on Main Street, and this construction project had previously been scheduled, it was a positive outcome that some parking in the rear lot would remain open,” he added.
The construction is being done by Davis Realty to make repairs to the Coffee Shop septic service, which is partially located under the parking lot. The town has a long term lease to use that land for municipal parking. Construction is anticipated to take approximately 20 days and will include the temporary closure of the Electric Vehicle Charging Station.
Town improvements will include updated LED lighting and repaving. To ease parking demand on Wall Street the town has been in negotiations with CT DOT and Amtrak to use the old commuter train parking lot, which is at the north end of Wall Street at Railroad Avenue and Bradley Road. While the town has not yet entered into the agreement, it is anticipated to be signed within the next week and open to all municipal parking needs.
Additionally, residents and visitors are reminded of the two-hour parking restrictions that exist in many areas around town.