A sudden change in parking plans in downtown Conneaut Lake isn’t sitting well with some merchants.
Conneaut Lake is undergoing a multi-million dollar facelift and streetscaping along Main Street. The project calls for removing all overhead utility lines, new sidewalks, and street lighting. Throughout the project, the plan has always been to keep parking on both sides of the street. But, suddenly, safety concerns about on-street parking were raised, so council in a narrow vote eliminated parking on the south side of Main Street.
That, however, is not sitting well with the owner of Ralstons Hardware Store, Dick Hollabaugh, who also happens to be the Borough Council President. He says, “I am somewhat confused. I was told that parking was going to remain on Water Street… I believe the drawings and the plans and the engineering studies all show that. The PennDOT approval was already given for both sides of the street. And… at the twelfth hour, I believe, the request to remove parking was made…”
A total of nine parking spaces are being eliminated on the south side of Main Street. Under the new plan, a parking lot will be created behind the businesses on the north side of Main Street.