Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The new city parking lot at Main and Pine streets is near completion, according to Mayor Anne McCaffrey.
The lot, located where the old parking garage was demolished last year, was briefly opened for the Fourth of July weekend, but work has now resumed on the finishing touches.
McCaffrey said work needs to be finished on the sidewalks on both sides of the streets and the lot will receive a new coat of black top. Then striping will be done, power will be connected to light poles and final landscaping touches will be added.
The work should be done by the end of next week, according to McCaffrey.
Once finished, the city will likely host an official opening and signs will be posted to let users know the rules. The exact parameters have yet to be defined, but already it's known that overnight parking will not be allowed, according to McCaffrey.
The 44-space, split-level parking lot will be accessible from both Main and Pine streets. The design maintains the canal view that had been hidden by the parking garage since the 1970s.
Parking garage demolition and new lot construction cost the city an estimated $1.2 million.
In the summer of 2013, garage demolition fell behind when Empire crews ran into equipment and weather issues. That pushed the entire project back until after winter. Asphalt could not be laid down until the weather was warmer.