Amtrak lot finally to be paved?
According to recent story in the Daily Progress, the owners of the Amtrak parking lot have promised to finally pave the dusty expanse, which a West Main neighborhood association called a “a blight on the Midtown landscape”in a Hook story last November. Of course, the owners, developers Gabe Silverman and Alan Cadgene, promised to pave the lot in 2004. So are City officials confident that they will follow through this time?
“I have no clue,”says Neighborhood development chief Jim Tolbert, adding that the City has no way of forcing the private landowners to lay down blacktop.
So what makes Tolbert think things will be different this time?
“I think the added spotlight from the new Amtrak service and public gripes is getting old for them,” he says. “So we are optimistic.”
According to Tolbert, Silverman and Cadgene have told the city that they will begin paving “as soon as the weather is appropriate.”