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A rendering of the proposed tiered parking facility at the PW train station.

The Port Washington Public Parking District will hold a public meeting at Schreiber High School on May 13 to consider a design proposal for a tiered parking facility at the Port Washington Train Station. The proposed design is for a 483-space structure to be located on the eastern parking lot of the station and would offer a net gain of 212 parking spaces.

Construction of a tiered parking facility in Port Washington has been discussed for some time but has been more seriously considered over the past year. The PW Parking District entered into contracts with architectural and traffic engineering firms to determine the number of spaces that can be gained from a garage and whether the surrounding intersections can handle the additional traffic.

Councilman Fred L. Pollack said that the Port Washington Shared Vision Committee, composed of town, village, and community representatives, reviewed both studies and indicated support for the proposal. "The facility would alleviate the lack of commuter parking in Port Washington, give us the possibility of freeing up additional retail parking in the surrounding lots, and is designed in a way that fits in with the overall feel of the Main Street area," said Councilman Pollack. "I look forward to hearing what the community thinks of the proposal."

If approved, the project will be paid through the Port Washington Parking District and not the town's general fund. TONH Supervisor Jon Kaiman said that this would allow the garage to be restricted to Port Washington Parking District residents only. "The key to this project is to keep it local and Port Washington based," said Supervisor Kaiman. "The goal is to relieve traffic and parking congestion in Port without opening the door to more cars coming onto the peninsula."

The North Hempstead Town Board, acting in their capacity as the Board of Commissioners of the Parking District, will hold the meeting on May 13 at 7 p.m. in the Schreiber High School auditorium. Concept drawings and site plans of the facility will be on display in the Port Washington Public Library with a copy of the traffic engineering study available at the reference desk. If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to comment on the proposal, please contact Councilman Fred L. Pollack at 869-7698 or via email at pollackf@northhempstead.com.


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