Morrisville buys land for future downtown parking lot

aramos@newsobserver.comDecember 6, 2013 

— Slowly but surely, the town is piecing together its future downtown.

While the main shopping area is still waiting for a potential developer, Morrisville has moved forward on another small piece of property that will become a parking lot.

After resident Julia Greer passed away, her heirs approached the town about buying about 2 acres in the 200 block of Church Street and the 300 block of Page Street.

The land is near two other town properties, the Historic Christian Church and the former Engineering Building.

“We were searching in general for additional parking,” said Tony Chiotakis, director of community services for Morrisville.

The parking lot would serve the church, which is a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places and currently serves as a community meeting space.

Completion of the new 75- to 100-space parking lot is still a few years off, Chiotakis said.

When the lot is finished, it will also serve the future downtown area known as Town Center, off Jeremiah Street.

Over the past decade, Morrisville has acquired about 11 of the 22 acres for the downtown. Workers have installed sidewalks and lighting on Jeremiah Street, and the town has passed development standards and is set to complete a 1.2-mile walking loop by next fall.

The Morrisville Town Council approved the $150,000 land purchase for the parking lot Nov. 26. Half the money will come from the general fund balance. The rest will come from the engineering stormwater fund.

The land on Page Street will be used for stormwater improvements such as stream restoration.

Ramos: 919-460-2609; Twitter: @AlianaCaryNews

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