New Castle looks to ease downtown parking crunch |

New Castle looks to ease downtown parking crunch

Heidi Rice / Post Independent

NEW CASTLE — The number of restaurants to choose from in town is increasing while available parking spaces are decreasing.

Two new restaurants are slated to open next month on Main Street — one called "Maud's on Main" on the north side of street in the historic Rock Saloon building (past the Silver Club) and the other the Hacienda El Patron, on the south side of Main Street at the site of the former Patti's Coffeehouse (previously the New Castle Cafe and Schroeder's General Store).

With at least six other restaurants/bars currently lining downtown's Main Street, along with a number of retail shops, parking has become an issue during peak times of the day.

"We're looking at some of the side streets and maybe some angled parking on one side of those side streets," said Town Administrator Tom Baker.

Because Main Street is a US Highway 6, angled parking cannot be implemented on it unless the town gets permission from the Colorado Department of Transportation or agrees to take over the operation and maintenance costs of the road.

"We have a streetscape plan and eventually the town intends to put angled parking on the north side of the street, but that's in the future," Baker said,

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The town is also looking at lots it owns, such as the one across from the old Texaco station owned by Jim Shrull on the west side of town to use for community parking, as well as the torn-up vacant lot next to the old general store and the Breslin home.

"We might even see what we can do with private parking areas," Baker said. "We just really want to keep the downtown vibrant."

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