NORWALK, Conn. – The city-owned parking lot adjacent to the Norwalk YMCA is in line to be leased to Norwalk Hospital upon the pending closure of the Y, according to a motion before the Common Council Tuesday night.
The Y and the city have shared the lot since 1999, when the city realized it needed part of it for parking for people who used Linear Park next to the Route 7 Connector, according to Norwalk Corporation Counsel Robert Maslan Jr. The lot is to the left of the Y if you are facing it from West Avenue.
Initially, the city entered into a 10-year lease with the Y in 1995, but the council changed it to a 50-year lease in 1999 when it realized it needed parking for Linear Park, Maslan wrote in a memo to the council. The Y paved the lot and maintained it, and now that its building is being sold to the hospital, the Y and hospital officials want to turn that lease over to the hospital.
The hospital would continue to maintain the lot and use it for parking, and the city would continue to share it for the public to park to use Linear Park. Council approval is necessary before the transfer can take place.
“The Law Department has reviewed the history of the lease, and we have found no legal impediment to the assignment of the lease between the two nonprofit organizations, which have served the City of Norwalk for many years,” Maslan wrote.