Orchard Park leaders likely to keep private lot policy in place near New Era Field

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For the last year and a half, private lot owners near New Era Field have been banned from expanding their lots.

A moratorium was put into place that restricted any further expansion of private lots and prohibited any new parking lots within a mile radius of the stadium.

Supervisor Patrick Keem told News 4 the town will be extending the moratorium through the 2018-2019 football season. Town officials are also looking at turning the moratorium into a local law.

Keem says there is already enough parking near the Bills stadium. He says homeowners have been complaining for quite some time about too many parking lots in their neighborhoods.

Officials say before the moratorium, people were buying vacant lots and tearing down homes just to park cars during Bills season.

Wednesday a public hearing will be held at Orchard Park Town Hall where people will have the chance to weigh in on the proposed law.

Keem says if enough people are in favor of it, the board will likely take a vote at the meeting.

For private lot owner Mark Lester of Yellow Brick Parking, he says if this becomes law it will hurt private lot owners and fans trying to find affordable parking spots.

“We can no longer accommodate the demand. They will have to find elsewhere to go, if there are places to go. The law that prohibits some people from parking and allows other people to continue to park is an unfair and unjust law,” said Lester.

Wednesday’s public hearing starts at 7 pm.

At this evening’s meeting, the board unanimously voted to make the moratorium permanent. 

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