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New Canaan Library Users Welcome More Parking

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – A trip to the New Canaan Library for Selena Stracke usually means looking for parking somewhere on Main Street.

The library’s visitors lot, off South Avenue, is not even a consideration. “There’s never any space in there,” Stracke said Monday before getting in her van. “There’s never a space and it’s really tight.”

Stracke is among several library users hoping the parking crunch will be eased. And it appears she will get her wish.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recently voted unanimously to amend zoning rules for the library’s two parcels of land to permit construction of a parking lot. Library attorney Sperry DeCew said amending the regulations will clear the way for planning a 22- or 24-space lot off Maple Street. “It’s to harmonize the zoning for the library,” DeCew said.

Library director Alice Knapp said she did not know when the library would begin plans for the new parking area.

Lael Kiesling of New Canaan also hopes the change comes soon. She parked on the east side of Main Street, across from the library, on Monday while picking up books with her son, Conlon, 14. Though she doesn’t use the library as much now that her kids are older, she still sees more parking as a must. “The library is great, but it needs more parking,” she said. “It’s in a great location.”

Kiesling also hopes town officials add more commuter parking downtown, possibly deck parking, which she says will be better for commuters and encourage more out-of-town shopping. Town officials are weighing whether to apply for a grant to study decked parking and senior housing at the Lumberyard commuter lot off Elm Street near the Metro-North station.

Is it difficult for you to find parking at the New Canaan Library? Where do you park when you visit the library? Leave a comment below. You can also talk about your parking adventures on our Facebook page.

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