Public Hearing Positive On Bassett 150-Car Lot


Public Hearing Positive

On Bassett 143-Car Lot

James Connors, principal engineer at The Chazen Company, explains changes to the proposed Riverside Drive parking lot, including a three-way stop, expanded crosswalks and sidewalks, and a reduction in parking spaces from the original 170 to 143, eliminating the spots to ensure stability of the slope, during a public hearing at the Cooperstown Village Board this evening. The project, which will be gated employee parking, was met with generally favorable reviews, although some citizens expressed concern about additional traffic along Walnut Street, as well as light and noise pollution.  Dr. William LeCates, Bassett Hospital president, right, expressed how vital the parking lot is to Bassett. “Many of our patients come to Cooperstown because we’re the only place that can help them,” he said. “There are few options for public transportation, so parking is a burden for people coming out here. I think this is a good solution, but we also want to be good neighbors.” The board will take a vote on whether or not to grant the requested special-use permit at their next meeting on Monday, Feb. 24. (Libby Cudmore/

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