Amish may get their own parking lot

Erica Galvin | New Castle NewsAn Amish buggy rides along a road in New Wilmington.

NEW WILMINGTON – A new Amish parking lot in the 100 block of Neshannock Avenue is being created in New Wilmington.

Borough council members, meeting on Monday, said an Amish man approached officials with a proposal to purchase a lot at 134 Neshannock Avenue/Route 208.

Superintendent Brad Latimer said the individual proposed subdividing the property and possibly selling or donating the building at the front of the lot. A level parking area, with alley access, could be created behind the building to be used primarily by the Amish community for parkingt.

Latimer said the lot could ultimately be donated to the borough to be maintained for that use.

“This is one option under consideration,” Latimer said. “There are a lot of options here.”

He noted that current municipal parking near the Fresh Marketplace at Chestnut and Vine streets is a steep lot, which is no problem for cars but not good for horses and buggies.