PLAINVILLE -- Town Manager Robert E. Lee provided an update on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail project.
He said that the Department of Transportation wanted to build a 53 space parking lot just south of 184 Redstone Hill Road as part of Phase 1 of the project. The DOT needs the Town Council’s permission before proceeding with this.
“The trail has experienced heavy use in other communities and users have parked in unauthorized areas such as businesses when accessing the trail,” said Lee. “There are also concerns about people utilizing existing parking at Norton Park.”
Lee said that the proposed parking space is located 180 feet from the closest home, which he said would be “screened” from the adjacent properties.
“There is currently an existing buffer of trees,” said Lee. “The next closest homes are 325+ feet away. The DOT would also want to build a small, covered area in the parking lot for users. This would be connected to the trail and would be be closed after dark.”
Town Council Chair Kathy Pugliese indicated that she wants to see where the parking lot would be located and wants to hear from nearby residents before the town council gives its approval.
“I’m just not ready to give an OK on that right now,” she said.
Councilors Deb Tompkins and Rosemary Morante agreed that having a better image of the area would be helpful.