by Linda Kaidan
It’s taken many years, but the dangerous hulk of a building at the corner of Protection Ave and King Street is finally being demolished. Yesterday a Herkimer County Official and a Rochester-based asbestos removal contractor supervised the leveling. You can view how it looked just 10 days before.
The property will be repurposed as a parking lot for affordable housing residents in an adjacent complex currently under renovation.
Public parking is woefully unavailable in Herkimer Village. On-street overnight parking is not available either. It would be very helpful if on-street permit parking were allowed for at least one vehicle per residence. This would help many share their homes with others in a time of great housing shortage.
We might also consider multi-story housing. There is much precedence in our municipality. Ground-level could provide parking for 3 or 4 stories of small to moderate-sized apartment units above. More public transportation could help alleviate the need for parking and reduce ever-rising fuel and maintenance costs for those dependent on their own vehicles.
New York State’s investment in affordable housing infrastructure is much appreciated :).