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White Plains Adds 18 Parking Spots on E. Post Road

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach joined Council members Benjamin Boykin II and Beth Smayda in officially opening a parking lot on E. Post Road with a ribbon-cutting Thursday.

Roach said the City bought the plot after the Bengal Tiger restaurant burned down last summer and decided to temporarily turn it into an 18-spot parking lot to alleviate the parking woes of local business owners.

“With the Lyon’s Place garage out of service, it’s very difficult to find parking here,” said Roach. “I think it’s going to have a real impact in terms of mitigating the Lyon’s Place situation until we can rectify that.”

A driveway connects the new 138 E. Post Rd. lot to more than 110 parking spots in the Court Street parking lot. An empty building rests between the two parking facilities, which Roach said the City may consider buying in the future.

“It’s viable real estate, so who knows what the future will hold, but in the meantime it  is going to be productive,” he said, when asked if the city was losing tax revenue by not allowing a new retail shop or restaurant to move in. “My main concern right now is that I don’t want to lose revenue from small businesses already here.”

A handicapped parking spot and a multi-space meter system are included in the new parking lot.

Roach said the City is still engaged in talks with the Esplanade senior home that owns the closed Lyon Place and Waller Avenue garage . White Plains previously had access to the bottom two floors of the garage that was closed because of its deteriorating condition nearly two years ago.

“We’re working hard to reach an amicable resolution, which I’m told we’re this close to,” Roach said while spreading his fingers an inch apart.

Do you think the new parking spaces will help the parking shortage near Post Road? If there wasn't a parking lot at 138 E. Post Rd., what would you like to see set up there? Join the conversation below.

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