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Blair Square Study Committee Meets

by Bobby Blair
October 24, 2018

The Blair Square Study Committee which last met in May according to committee member Walter McGrath held a site tour on Monday armed with plans drawn up by GLM Engineering. Committee members Peter Barbieri, Jamie Erickson, Walter McGrath & Shaw Lively were joined by Rail Trail Liason members Martha Ellis & Herb Brockert. The current trail from Blair Square to Central Street is presently undefined by a tarred roadway and the use of that roadway as a cut through for vehicles entering & exiting Casey's parking lot. At least one vehicle used the roadway to eliminate a turn onto Central Street from Railroad Street at 5:30 while the committee met.

Those new plans indicate a trailway near the back door of the former depot, a five foot barrier between the trail and existing tarred area, along with diagonal parking on the proposed one way parking lot. The one way would be for entry from Central Street & exit onto Church. The lot could hold 16 parking spaces including several handicapped spaces. Trail and business users could back their vehicles up towards the empty cellar hole of the former State Lumber Company.

Above, Herb Brockert, left and Jamie Erickson, right, discuss plans as Martha Ellis & Walter McGrath look on. The plan also gives property access to several business owners along the proposed lot. The committee is also working on parking spaces along Blair Square at Winthrop, Front and Railroad Streets.

 

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Comments (2)

We need a parking lot down there. I think people park in the CVS parking lot to use the trail. Many times I have gone to CVS and there is no one in the store and the parking lot is full. No big deal as plenty of parking on side street but I am sure CVS will catch on? Or maybe they don't care.

- Bill Littlefield | 10/24/18 2:59 PM

If the trail is going to be designated this close to Casey's, can they move their designated smoking spot to the other side of the building?

- Jason Breslau | 10/24/18 1:33 PM

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