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Northam Park parking lot project enters phase 2

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The reconstruction of the Northam Park parking lot is expected to enter its second phase this week, and city officials hope to conclude the project this fall.

As of press time, Upper Arlington officials planned to wrap up the first part of the approximately $1.39-million project by Aug. 20.

The first phase involved rebuilding the lot's northern half, which is shared primarily by Tremont Elementary and Northam Park guests.

Phase two will focus on the southern half of the lot, which serves the park and the Upper Arlington Public Library's main branch.

"Since construction began in July, the project has moved along right on schedule," said Tim Moloney, Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department director. "The weather has been favorable and the contractor has been making sure of staying on this schedule."

The reconstruction is the first to the parking lot since 1987.

Because it serves several facilities and one of the city's signature parks, it is heavily used. Moloney said last March the lot was littered with potholes and cracks and had fallen "beyond normal repair."

The remainder of the work is expected to be finished sometime in October, with final grading and landscaping to conclude soon after.

In the meantime, UA library officials asked for patrons' patience as the work wraps up, but noted the Main Library would remain open.

Director Chris Taylor said library officials are seeking permission for library patrons to use a portion of the Tremont Shopping Center parking lot.

Information about that availability likely will be updated on the city's website, uaoh.net.

"Patrons will need to find alternate parking, such as (possibly) in Tremont Shopping Center or along Northam Road or other side roads," Taylor said. "Patrons will need to use alternate entrance and exit doors, which will be clearly marked."

She added that the Main Library's drive-up book drop would be open only to pedestrians, and there would be no handicap parking during the construction.

"Those needing handicap access are encouraged to visit our Lane Road or Miller Park locations," she said.

Moloney said parking would be available in the newly completed portion of the lot.

"There will be at least one side of the parking lot open at all times during this project," he said. "Once completed, there will be a more clear and defined traffic pattern allowing for easier access to the great amenities in the Northam Park area.

"Once completed, the community will have a much better-functioning and usable parking lot to serve the hub of activity here in Upper Arlington," he said. "Students and visitors alike will have a much more pedestrian-friendly way of traveling between the library and school. The lot will now be divided between library and school use, with general park users able to use either side."

The Northam Park parking lot project is being funded through a joint partnership among the city of Upper Arlington, Upper Arlington schools and the library.

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