An easement blocks development of a municipal parking lot in King Square

WHITEFIELD — An easement blocks development of a municipal parking lot in King Square. For months, the Select Board sought to take the easement by eminent domain and clear the way for dozens of parking spaces. Now they have changed tactics. By a 3-0 vote on March 28, the Select Board instead agreed to pursue a lot line adjustment with abutters, and swap land for the easement. The 40-foot wide easement is located on the northern border of the parking lot, alongside Cumberland Farms, and provides owners of 3 and 5 Main Street with access and parking at the rear of their properties. However, it prevents the town from following through on plans for the municipal lot, and would eliminate half of the proposed 40 parking spaces. It also blocks the town from obtaining significant grant funding for the project.

Photo credit:

https://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/local/select-board-scuttles-eminent-domain-for-parking-lot/article_90933a63-b78c-53e2-8592-301cee469a87.html