Buena Park is building a $2 million parking lot next to Medieval Times to accommodate the influx of visitors to the citys revamped entertainment corridor.
Construction of the 229-space Stanton Avenue lot is expected to begin in July and be completed by October.
If we want to have visitors come here, and we do, we need to have places for them to park, Mayor Beth Swift said. Theres nothing more frustrating than going around and around trying to find a place to park.
Ive done it, and its rough.
Earlier this year, the city opened a $1.4 million, 224-space lot on Western Avenue, behind the Rock and Brews and the planned Butterfly Palladium on the east side of Beach Boulevard.
The Stanton Avenue lot will serve businesses on the west, including Medieval Times, Pirates Dinner Adventure, Portos and a late-night restaurant Portos is building next door.
Medieval Times is chipping in $600,000 for the lot, which will include designated employee parking and new landscaping.
A pedestrian trail is also planned for the area, a project Swift has promoted since being elected to the City Council in 2010.
We want people to be able to walk to things, to have a healthier lifestyle, she said. This should be a benefit to not only visitors, but to local residents also.
Currently, city officials are working with Stanton Avenue neighbors to address concerns regarding additional traffic and late-night noise.
A 10-foot retaining wall separating the Stanton lot from adjacent houses should negate potential disturbances, Swift said. A wall helped at the Western Avenue lot.
Source: OC Register