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Waynesboro Borough Council to continue leasing parking lot

April 17, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Downtown businesspeople asked the Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday to keep one of its parking lots available for public use after suggestions this week it could be made private.

At issue was the lease agreement for the Trinity United Church of Christ parking lot off North Potomac Street.

The borough leases the parking lot for $150 a month for the public to use when visiting downtown businesses or attending special events.

Councilman Ben Greenawalt suggested the borough could save the money if the church instead leased the lot to entities operating a senior center there.

“All we’re doing is subsidizing that parking lot for them,” he said.

Sheree Green from Christine’s Cafe, which is at 81 W. Main St., disagreed. Although her restaurant has its own parking spaces, she said neighboring businesses rely on the availability of that lot for customers’ use.

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“It would affect a large portion of downtown,” she said at Wednesday’s council meeting.

“I came downtown tonight to open up the theater and couldn’t find a parking space,” said Lou Radakovich, proprietor of Waynesboro’s movie theater.

Ultimately, the council decided to not make any changes to its lease.

“If for $150 a month, that’s going to help one customer get in one business, I’m for that,” Councilman Mike Cermak said.

Councilman Wayne Driscoll said offering the parking lot to the public is a small show of support for downtown businesses.

“I can’t imagine the income from the parking lot is any windfall for the church,” he said.

Under the lease agreement with the church, the borough removes snow from the lot and sweeps it twice a year. The lot has approximately 88 spaces.

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