Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — The planned investment of $50,000 in streetscape projects is nearly ready for village approval, but Mayor Dean Theodorakos says that balancing the desire for additional downtown parking with a proposed memorial park still has to be worked out.
The village board received an update on the committee administering the grant; and heard comments from members of the downtown business community.
Members of the Albion Merchants Association voiced their support for the proposal to add trees, benches, bike racks and new lighting to the business district. Bindings Bookstore owner Carolyn Ricker said the improvements would boost the look of the downtown area.
”We’re hoping our village will look more attractive for visitors,” said Ricker, who noted canal bikers and other tourists as groups who would find the downtown welcoming if the changes are made.
There’s no disagreement there, but the issue of the grant project’s crown jewel — a memorial park to the generations of immigrant quarryman in an area cleared out by the village more than a year ago— is still not settled.
Wednesday, Theodorakos tabled a Chatfield Engineering proposal for site plan design and other work for the proposed Main Street parking lot/park area. The work, which would be paid out of the fund used to purchase the building, would design out how the park and parking could fit together.
Theodorakos said the village was open to the ideas of the Downtown Albion Neighborhood Advisory Committee, which is seeking as much park as it can out of the site. In tabling the motion, the mayor said the village would wait for the park proponent’s final plans to be set.
”We want to increase parking and accomodate the park,” Theodorakos said. He noted that his initial idea was that both 10 new spaces and the statue could co-exist. “We need a plan that gives us a nice balance.”