Holding out hope to keep downtown parking open
by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—The doors of communication are beginning to open between the church that owns the parking lot on the corner of Main and Shannon streets in downtown Elburn, and the business owners whose patrons park in that lot, thanks to the intermediary efforts of the village. Village Administrator Erin Willrett and a representative from the Elburn Chamber of Commerce, acting as mediators, will attend this week’s church council meeting and find out if a one month extension is acceptable to the church.
The church decided to sell the lot due to the financial burden of its upkeep, and recently announced that it would close the lot to public parking on March 15. Downtown business owners, fearing a loss of business if customers did not have convenient parking, approached the village for help in working out a compromise.
Willrett volunteered to approach the church and see what could be done.
“We were the first to approach the church, and we’re hopeful something can be worked out.” she said.
According to Willrett, following the news of the business owners’ concerns, two separate parties have expressed interest in purchasing the property, listed at $225,000—one interested in it for a parking lot and one for development.
In the meantime, in an effort to provide downtown parking, the village has ordered signs to point the way to the village lot on the southwest corner of North and First streets.