Village makes spaces for more parking

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 05:33 AM

Additional public parking space in the county’s busiest tourism area got a lift Tuesday night when Chimney Rock Village Council purchased land to provide additional parking in Chimney Rock.

Mayor Barbara Meliski said the town is buying property and the old Coffee Crumbs building for $65,000 to use for parking. Council entered the contract with owner Bruce Lite to buy the building and property,

“The building is in bad shape,” Meliski said of the former restaurant located adjacent to the town parking lot off Main Street.

The building will be torn down to provide several new parking spaces.

To provide even more parking, the town is proceeding to enter a lease with Chimney Rock Volunteer Fire Department to use the lower parking lot area of the fire station’s property, off Terrace Drive.

The parking area is the space used for the Community Development Association Spring Fling’s Cow Pie Bingo.

“We’ll still be able to use that for the cow pie bingo,” she said. ““This will be more for overflow parking.”

“We’re trying to improve the parking situation in Chimney Rock Village,” Meliski added.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation made a recommendation to Council to add more parking for tourists.

“We probably added 40-plus parking spaces Tuesday night,” she said.

Work will begin on the project in the near future.