The Village of Lindenhurst is one step closer to creating more parking downtown.

Officials are finalizing the purchase of a property on South 1st Street to be used for parking. The village board last week accepted the findings of Middleton Environmental Inc. of Babylon, which performed an environmental assessment on the property concluding there are no environmental issues or concerns with it.

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The village is now drawing up a contract with property owner Mike Fallon. The village wants to use the site for parking behind the stores on Wellwood Avenue. The 75-square foot site, which has a vacant house on it that would e demolished, is next to an existing village municipal lot.

Village Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Cullinane said officials plan to expand the existing lot, although the exact number of new parking spaces the property would add has not been calculated.

Residents have long complained about a lack of available parking near stores. In addition to the metered spots along South Wellwood Avenue, there are six municipal lots of varying sizes and with differing regulations in the village.

“The property is perfectly situated to help with our parking downtown,” Cullinane said.

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The purchasing contract for the property must be approved by the village board.