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Parking issues in Clayton

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Parking issues in Clayton
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Riverfront views, boat museums and parks attract visitors to Clayton, and it's creating a parking crunch. Spaces will be even harder to find with a new hotel breaking ground this spring. YNN's Carmella Mataloni spoke with lawmakers trying to create more room for drivers.

CLAYTON, N.Y. -- There are roughly four hundred parking spots available in downtown Clayton, but that is not enough.

"The issue with parking in this community is one that is really good to have because it means we are doing business,” said Dennis Honeywell, Village Trustee.

One of the main parking lots on the old Frink site was bought by the Krog Corporation to build a four-story hotel this spring. 150 spots will be disappearing.

"It wasn't necessarily going to be utilized for that but it has been a great addition to our community to do that for the last two years," said Robert Cantwell, Town Board Member.

A little over a year ago, the town and village board looked into the concerns about parking and traffic flow in the community. Leaders studied future potential parking spots and came up with a few solutions.

Both town and village officials have decided on two parking locations, one being on Webb Street. These parking expansions will help create many needed parking spots.

The second location is on Graves Street. The town will fund this project and the village would be in charge of the other.

"It will be in-house labor. We will use our municipal forces to do all the work in house thus to potentially have cost savings to the community," said Cantwell.

Lot expansion isn't the only solution. Talk about electronic style parking and a trolley system are both in consideration.

"It allows us a system to have someone make money off our parking and yet get our visitors downtown and back to their vehicles,” said Honeywell.

Those plans still need more discussion. In the meantime, the parking lot expansion should be completed by spring.

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