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Parking lot for 12 Main discussed

A new parking lot and garden area is a possibility for the Kronenberg Building at 12 Main St. in Hamburg.

The Village of Hamburg Board discussed the possibility of a new parking lot and garden for 12 Main St., at its meeting on Monday, July 16.

John Mancini, of Silvestri Architects, discussed with the board several possibilities of what to add next to the Kronenberg Building.

“We own the parking lot that is kind of fenced in next to the building. We are trying to work with them on how to better develop our parcel to go along with what the businesses in this area need. There is a proposal that some of this can become parking, the other part would become a garden,” said Donald Witkowski, village administrator.

The parking lot would be available and free for all Hamburg residents. The board also discussed various ecological pavements that could be used to reduce runoff from rain. The project is expected to begin in late August or early September so that the weather will cooperate.

“It will be such an improvement for us,” said Trustee Mark Colmerauer.

Also during the work session, the board discussed plans for Burgerfest, which is to take place on Saturday, July 21.

“We’re all set for the event,” said Police Chief Dennis G. Gleason.

The event is located along Main and Buffalo streets and in the Village of Hamburg municipal parking lot. Events include a Taste of Hamburg, children’s rides and activities and a hamburger eating competition.

Also at the work session, Recreational Supervisor Joshua Haieck revealed the new Hamburg parks and recreations department logo.

“I wanted to give our department specifically some kind of identity,” said Haieck.

He also expressed the need for golfers and sponsors for the “Friends of the Village of Hamburg Parks and Recreations Department” golf tournament. It will be held on Monday, Aug. 13 at Gowanda Country Club. Haieck also unveiled new promotional signs for the event will be put out throughout the village and at the annual Burgerfest festival.

In other news from Monday, the board:

• Approved a sign proposed by the Hamburg United Methodist Church on 116 Union St. for signage on the Main Street side of the property. The board also approved signage for Donovan and Company, LED lighting for Tara Weller of Dairy Queen and a cast iron railing for O’Brien’s Smokehouse.

• Approved the completion of the waterline reconstruction project on Woodview Court and Center Street cul-de-sac provided that the village’s engineer complete a short environmental assessment form.

•Discussed plans for the Hamburg Hawks 5K Run and the need for organizing volunteers to help with the race’s rising popularity.

The next board meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 6 with a work session at 5:30 p.m. and a formal meeting at 7 p.m.

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