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Bethel moves forward on property purchase for Parloa Park parking

The Bethel Board of Selectmen has signed off on spending up to $125,000 for a parcel of land near Parloa Park in order to expanding parking options for residents.  The offer on 134 South Street was accepted by the seller.  The matter was sent to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Finance.  Town Attorney Martin Lawlor says it wouldn't be a problem for the town to add a cross walk to get from the property to the park.  The Bethel Parks and Recreation 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 in a flood zone so there are restrictions, but it could be used as a parking lot.   The proposal would not need to go to a full Planning and Zoning hearing, rather a a referral to have them weigh in on it. 

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