Easton Could Seize Downtown Parking Lot

Council scheduled to make eminent domain vote Wednesday. Owner says to expect a challenge.

Easton City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to condemn a N. Fourth Street parking lot that could someday be the home of a new city parking garage.

The new lot could be years in the future. But to secure the land, the city plans to take the land by eminent domain from current owner Scott Kindred.

Kindred, of Martins Creek, says it won't be that easy.

"They’re going to have to pay me," he said in an interview last week. "Probably more than they think. I’m trying to derail this thing before it gets too far along."

Kindred bought the lot from Wells-Fargo in November 2010. He uses it to provide parking for his tenants, which include the Sweet Girlz Bakery, a hair salon and an insurance office.

There's room for about 25 cars now, he said, with space for maybe 10 more if he demolished the bank's former drive-through kiosk.

The city's parking study identified the lot as a good place for another garage. Mayor Sal Panto has said a parking garage there could eventually replace the one on Pine Street. 

The second garage would complement one that will be part of the city's intermodal unit. 

But Kindred also kept coming back to another point in the parking study: "Easton has enough parking; it's just mismanaged."  

Kindred said he hopes residents come to Wednesday's meeting. It's not just that he wants people to back him up. He wants to hear what they think.

"If they want it," he said, "I’ll go away."

Rob Leiser January 21, 2013 at 04:22 PM
To Mayor Panto and your Goon Squad; This is not your Land. How many 3rd st Parking spaces did you loose because of all that decorative curbing.
Annonymous January 22, 2013 at 03:58 AM
This is ridiculous! Mayor Panto, when will you stop this madness? You eliminated parking when 3rd St was repaved, you're increasing meter prices, and now this? What will become of the existing parking garage? Another empty lot, more retail/restuarant space, how about luxury condos that will require yet more parking?! You're taking away Easton's small town charm, it's historical integrity and making it difficult for those living here and making it the laughing stock of neighboring towns. I suppose if anything, however it will give these other areas a lesson in what not to do. I look forward to the day when I can move out of the city!
Rita Chesterton January 22, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Parking garages are ugly...and at night they're dangerous. People can park in other parts of town, and walk. We all need to walk more, anyway.
Katja Kruppe January 22, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I think that space would be much better off with a little re-design for additional spaces and some landscaping. A few trees or shrubs in the lot to make the city greener would be much nicer than additional garage space. Lights to make it friendly and safe at night. The city should work with the owner of the lot rather than take it over.
Annonymous January 22, 2013 at 03:49 PM
I couldn't agree more!


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