Westerville could expand its footprint in Uptown, purchasing additional property to expand public parking.
Westerville City Council heard the first reading of legislation Jan. 8 to purchase the property at 34-36 W. Park St., just south of the Westerville Municipal Building, 21 S. State St.
The 0.26-acre plot, owned by William and Deborah Zamora, would be purchased for $153,500.
Westerville City Manager Dave Collinsworth said the parcel was listed for sale, and the city seized the opportunity to purchase it to address concerns about a lack of public parking in Uptown.
"The property went up for sale, and we just looked at it and said, 'This could work,' " Collinsworth said. "There's no ability for the expansion or improvement to parking around the Uptown area without property acquisition."
The property does contain a 1,800-square-foot duplex that would need to be razed to make way for parking, Collinsworth said.
The city will wait to act on creating additional parking, however, until it receives direction from the Uptown plan that is being worked on by the city's planning staff with a consulting firm, Collinsworth said.
"That study is looking at a variety of different things. One of the things it will look at is parking needs in the city," Collinsworth said. "(The property) is really being acquired to be held in reserve for any potential parking expansion for the city for Uptown needs."
The city owns another property adjacent to its municipal complex, on Knox Street, that could be used for a parking expansion, Collinsworth said.
The Uptown plan also will indicate if the city should look to purchase property elsewhere in Uptown to aid with parking, he said.