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Bethe looking to add parking to Parloa Park

The Bethel Parks and Recreation Commission is recommending that the town purchase a vacant lot for sale at 134 South Street, across from the often inadequate existing parking lot at Parloa Park.  The Commission says the need for more parking has been known for years, but was highlighted at a recent meeting about possible improvements to the park.  The property is currently appraised at $137,200.  The vacant lot is part of a two lot parcel for sale.  The other piece, 118 South Street, has a big white house on the corner and several outbuildings.  The property is in a flood zone so there are restrictions, but it could be used as a parking lot.  First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says the listing agent suggested that the seller would be willing to consider an offer for just the vacant lot, even though the lots are listed together.  The proposal would not need to go to a full Planning and Zoning hearing, rather a referral to have them weigh in on it.  The Town Attorney was tasked with negotiating a purchase price because some consider it listed above fair market value.

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