New parking lot?

At the direction of Bellevue Council's finance committee, the borough's solicitor is looking into obtaining abandoned property on South Fremont Avenue and possibly turning it into a parking lot.

The lot at 12 S. Fremont Ave. is now vacant after the house was condemned in late 2016 and subsequently demolished. Solicitor Matt Racunas said that the easiest way for the borough to take over the property would be through the delinquent tax collection process. An adjacent property owner could work through Allegheny County's vacant property program to purchase the property.

Racunas said that the borough's cost to acquire the property could be as much as $8,000.

The idea of obtaining the property to add parking spaces came after the announcement that the house at the corner of Lincoln and North Fremont avenues had been purchased and was being turned into a restaurant. Also, the borough recently received correspondence from several residents of North Fremont complaining about the on-street parking spaces in front of their homes being used frequently by businesses in the area, as well as those attending programs at the nearby churches and others visiting residents of the apartment buildings on the street. They asked that the borough begin permit parking for property owners.

Council member Linda Woshner said that anyone living within a block of Lincoln Avenue was likely to have the same parking issues, and suggested that council consider what kind of precedent it would be setting with permit parking on North Fremont. Police Chief Matt Sentner said that the borough currently has permit parking on South Balph and Monroe avenues. He suggested, however, that officials might try a two-hour restriction on parking by non-residents.