BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Bedford town officials are looking into whether more parking spaces can be added in Bedford Village's downtown area.
The Bedford Town Board took a key step in the inquiry on Tuesday when it unanimously approved hiring Evans Associates to conduct and engineering study to see where adding parking is feasible.
Beth Evans, founder of her eponymous firm, told the Town Board that the study would include three steps. The first, she said, is to look at existing land uses and opportunities in the village. The second involves getting input from stakeholders in the hamlet and assessing potential areas for new parking, while the third is to create a formal plan.
Evans told the board that she anticipates the first step taking two or three weeks.
“We’re prepared to move forward with this immediately,” said Evans.
The board also authorized spending up to $27,000 on the study.
“I think that this is a very good proposal," said Supervisor Chris Burdick, noting that the study including both wetlands and engineering will help to expedite the process.
Evans Associates has a longstanding relationship with Bedford; the town's Friday email newsletter notes that the history goes back 25 years.
Sites being considered for more parking, the town announced, include space owned by the Bedford Presbyterian Church and an area behind the Bedford Playhouse.
Burdick cited the overhaul of the Bedford Playhouse, whose theater space is being converted into a non-profit arts center, as a reason for seeking more parking. The supervisor said he hopes for the parking addition to be finished by 2016, which is when the theater is expected to reopen.
A copy of Evans Associates' proposal can be read here.
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