Lot 1 expansion

The building to the right is one of two old houses the city plans to demolish in order to expand the parking lot behind the Main Street Galleria.

Just in time for the most disruptive portion of the Main Street construction project, the city of Newark is expanding one of its downtown parking lots.

Next month, a crew will demolish two old houses adjacent to the 195-space lot behind the Main Street Galleria, which will provide room to add 45 new parking spaces.

City council approved the last step of the $300,000 project on Monday. The work, which will require the lot to be closed for several days, is expected to be complete before University of Delaware students return in late August.

The city bought the property from UD for $175,000 several years ago. The project will pay for itself in just a few years, with the new spaces generating an estimated $93,000 each year.

The addition to the lot will help mitigate some of the parking that will be lost due to construction.

At the height of the Main Street project this fall, construction will block 97 on-street parking spaces. Meanwhile, the construction of Lang Development Group’s hotel will close part of the lot behind the Green Mansion and the former Abbott’s Shoe Repair.

A proposal to add additional metered parking on several side streets will be voted on next month.

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