LOCKPORT – Soon, there will be more space to park at the New York Beer Project, the successful brew pub on South Transit Road in the Town of Lockport.
The owners of the eatery and brewery, Kevin and Kelly Krupski of Lockport, recently bought four acres of land between their property and Tonawanda Creek Road, to be used in part to expand parking.
The $700,000 land purchase brought them two parcels, one owned by Ulrich Development Co. of Lockport and the other owned by Robert Lewis of Lockport.
The current 135 paved parking spaces, plus another 30 to 40 on loose gravel, have often proven inadequate to cope with the crowds since the Beer Project opened in November.
Kelly Krupski said last month she’s seen cars circle the parking lot over and over, looking for a space.
In other instances, there have been reports of customers parking across the road and crossing four-lane South Transit Road on foot to get to the Beer Project.
Timothy Arlington of Apex Consulting told the Planning Board that 125 new gravel parking space are planned. “This should bring them up around 300 parking spaces,” Arlington said. “They do have future plans for that parcel, but we’re not here to discuss that now.”
The Planning Board on Tuesday approved the plan after waiving a normally required public hearing on the proposal. “This project has been expedited for the safety of customers and parking and traffic,” said Brian M. Belson, chief building inspector.
Kelly Krupski said last month some of the land might be used for an expansion of the brewing facilities.
Belson said the town is requiring the Beer Project to pave the spaces by Oct. 31, 2017. If that deadline isn’t met, the Krupskis would have to obtain a zoning variance, Belson said.
Niagara County land records say the sellers are holding a $600,000, five-year mortgage on the newly purchased property, with an interest rate of 0.60 percent per year, a monthly payment of $5,152 and a balloon payment due in June 2021. Belson said the deed includes an easement allowing Ulrich Development to keep its “Welcome to Lockport” sign at the corner of South Transit and Tonawanda Creek roads for five years.