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Steady Progress On New Parking Lot
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Crews are making steady progress on a new city parking lot, with an eye toward a possible finish by mid-October. Ric McGinnis/The News

Work continues on the City Parking Lot being built on Third Street, between Santa Fe and Atchison/Highway 108. Grading is continuing, as well as forming for the concrete work for sidewalks, driveway and other amenities to be included in the project. The work is located directly across Third Street from the site of the former Del Rio Theatre complex.

At the current pace of construction, it’s possible the lot may be finished in time to be used for the upcoming Cheese and Wine Festival, scheduled for Oct. 14 and 15, in downtown.

On a recent day, workers were busy among the forms being prepared for a possible driveway to provide access to the parking lot being built in downtown Riverbank. The site was the location of a home that was converted into a church, which was damaged in a fire that broke out in the neighboring liquor store and market, on the corner of Third and Atchison. Both have since been torn down.