FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2015
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Town Opens New Merchants Parking Lot in Port Washington
Additional lot will open more prime spaces for shoppers in downtown
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Town Clerk Wayne Wink, Receiver of Taxes Charlie Berman, and Councilperson Dina De Giorgio attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 18 for a new parking lot for local merchants at the site of the former Shields House property in Port Washington. The dilapidated Shield House was demolished in 2013 to make way for the new 28-space lot located at 1070 Port Washington Boulevard.
Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said, "Providing a pleasurable and convenient shopping experience in our downtowns is of paramount importance to this administration, and having ample parking is key to achieving that. This new lot will free up prime spaces, which we anticipate will improve business for the shops and dining establishments along Main Street.”
“I would like to acknowledge and thank the Port Washington Parking Committee, Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District for all of their time, efforts and contributions in making this project a reality,” Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio.
This effort was aided by the Port Washington Parking Committee, Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, and the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce.
“It was a blighted property and now it’s a beautiful functional space that can impact our parking challenges,” said Mindy Germain, Executive Director of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington. “We’re hoping merchants will participate in this new amenity, and it will free up some on street parking for shoppers.”
“The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce is very pleased that, finally, the merchants have off-street parking for their cars, leaving more parking spaces along Main Street for shoppers. We thank Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio for spearheading this project and responding to the needs of our merchants. We are also grateful to Supervisor Judi Bosworth for her support that made this possible,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bobbie Polay said.
"The new parking lot is a nice completion to a project that will help stimulate our business district" said Paul Oleksiw, President, and Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District.
Town officials authorized $483,465 in construction for the 13,050 square foot lot, but believe the project, which took four months to complete, will cost in between $455,000 to $465,000.
If you are a local merchant and would like to request an assigned spot, you can visit 15 Vanderventer Avenue and fill out an application. All permit request for parking spots can be made through the Port Washington Parking District. The cost of a parking space in the lot is $750 for one year.
If you have any additional questions, please call (516) 869-6311.
Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and Supervisor Judi Bosworth hold photos of the dilapidated house that formerly occupied the Shields property. Also pictured are Town Public Works Commissioner Paul DiMaria (left) and Town Public Safety Commissioner Andy DeMartin (right).
Supervisor Bosworth and Councilwoman De Giorgio cut the ribbon on the new parking lot with community leaders and other elected officials including Town Clerk Wayne Wink.
A shot of the parking lot.