DT Middletown Credit Cassandra Day Middletown Press

City officials hope the revitalization of two key parking areas off Washington and Broad streets in Middletown will encourage Russell Library, Kidcity Museum and other visitors to take advantage of lots that are within walking distance of Main Street. Cassandra Day — The Middletown Press

In an effort to make downtown Middletown more walkable and connected, the Parking Department is looking to revamp the Kidcity Museum and Russell Library parking lots to create a more direct connection to Main Street, reports the Middletown Press.

The city hopes to encourage visitors to these establishments to walk another half-block to Main Street businesses.

Currently, the Kidcity lot comprises 105 spaces, while the Russell Library has 35 to 40, meaning there are roughly 140 spaces behind the Main Street buildings.

The proposal calls for building a pedestrian walkway connecting the parking lots to Main Street, installing security cameras and lights, improving signs, and relocating overhead wires underground.

The parking department has hired local architect Lee Osborne of Smith Osborne Architects to design the upgrades. While the parking lots are accessible now, improvements need to be made to modernize the lots. “It should be inviting. It should create pedestrian access to other aspects of the community and it should be secure,” said Parking Director Geen Thazhampallath.

The parking department has been meeting with property owners along Washington and Court streets to ensure their input is considered in the final proposal, with construction being done in phases so it doesn’t negatively affect businesses. The city hopes to break ground on the first phases later this year.

Middletown parking upgrades aimed to help make downtown more walkable