North King Street will become 17 feet wider thanks to a $600,000 land purchase by the town of Jackson.
Town officials unanimously approved the purchase of a long, rectangular plot from the Redeemer Lutheran Church, between East Gill Avenue and East Deloney Avenue.
The property is 6,290 square feet and will be paved, mainly to make way for tour bus parking. The street is now about 50 feet wide.
“That will give us enough property to allow traffic through and to park tour buses and build sidewalks,” Town Manager Bob McLaurin said at a meeting Monday, when officials voted for the purchase. “This is just additional parking for these buses.”
The tour buses that will use the space had been parking near the recently closed Teton Steakhouse, he said.
The money will come from 2006 specific purpose excise tax funds, which were approved by voters to pay for “parking, public restrooms and other pedestrian amenities in the downtown area.”
The account will have about $2.9 million remaining after the purchase and other expenditures included in the budget for the 2013 fiscal year.
The town will also pay to pave the property.
The street work will be completed next fall at the earliest, McLaurin said.