The municipal parking lot at 14 N. 5th Avenue, which may undergo significant improvements. | Google images
Friday, January 29, 2016 || By Michael Romain
At a Jan. 27 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees moved closer into an agreement with the Edwin Hancock Engineering Company on the proposed improvements of three alleys and a village-owned parking lot at 14 N. 5th Avenue.
The project will cost a total of $525,000 in construction costs, in addition to $86,000 in costs related to engineering services. The project ill be funded through escrow funds from the St. Charles TIF and has an anticipated completion date of Aug. 15, 2016.
The board voted unanimously to move the proposal to the next regular board meeting for final approval.
The three alleys run north-south and are located between 4th and 9th Avenues. Improvements would include “the removal of the existing alley pavement, the repair/installation of drainage structures and sewers as required, the installation of an 8-inch concrete pavement and restoration of adjoin pavement and aprons,” according to a village internal memo.
- Alley 132: North-South Alley between 9th Avenue and 8th Avenue from Main Street to Lake Street (pictured below, bottom right).
- Alley 135: North-South Alley between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue from Main Street to Lake Street (pictured below,top right).
- Alley 136: North-South Alley between 5th Avenue and 4th Avenue from Main Street to Lake Street (pictured below left).
Improvements to the municipal parking lot include the construction of 17 parking spaces, the installation of drainage structures and sewers, and the replacement of the curb and gutter on 5th avenue, among others.
At the Jan. 27 meeting, Trustee Michael Rogers emphasized that the improvements to the parking lot — which sits on, or near, the site of a proposed dance studio for Maywood Fine Arts — should be considered temporary stopgap measures that might make the space more attractive to prospective developers.
“We need to make sure we’re thinking of the development of this [parking lot] … as a stimulus for [the development] of that downtown,” he said. “Parking really needs to be put elsewhere, but [the improvements are] reasonable in the interim. Ultimately, we need to have those parcels [that encompass the parking lot] become [the site for] revenue-generating commercial properties.” VFP
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