Woodstock officials are unveiling the completed downtown parking lot on Friday evening.
Woodstock Mayor Jeremy McCleary said after about five years of planning, negotiating with property owners and constructing the project, he is thankful it has finally come to fruition.
“Come out and celebrate with us this Friday,” McCleary said.
The reveal will take place at 5:30 p.m.
The cost of the lot so far is $800,000, but the final figure is unknown, town officials said.
The Woodstock downtown parking project is a public/private partnership in which the town improved the area behind the businesses in the 100 block of South Main Street without incurring costs to acquire the property. The project also improved the areas by Emmanual Episcopal Church and Woodstock Presbyterian Church.
The property owners retained ownership of the respective areas behind their shops while the town made the improvements. Businesses have better parking for their customers, and the town can now use the parking lot for events.
One of the biggest benefits to everyone is the new system of stormwater drain pipes installed underneath the ground. The new system should alleviate the flooding that businesses and churches experience because the stormwater system came to a choke point with smaller pipes in that location.
“If we want any additional business investment in downtown, we felt we needed to provide the necessary parking and stormwater infrastructure for those businesses,” McCleary said.
The new lot has increased parking to 56 spaces.
Lemuel Hancock, Woodstock town planner, stated in an email that there are between 20 and 30 cars on average parked in the lot.
The project involved the installation of light poles, catenary lights, pavers, a Town of Woodstock sign and plantings of 4,300 perennials, trees, shrubs and grasses.