SPARTA, NJ –Sparta Township has put together a temporary solution to the anticipated parking crunch in White Deer Plaza because of Lake Mohawk Country Club’s decision to close their parking lot to non-members on October 23. 

The former Carl’s Auto Body Shop at 5 West Shore Trail will provide additional parking to help meet the needs of the White Deer Plaza restaurants and businesses as well as a location for the Sparta Police Department impound lot, according to Mayor Molly Whilesmith.

According to an announcement from the township manager, Whilesmith, Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn and the township council have reached an agreement “in principle” with Rachael and Steve Scro, owners of the Mohawk House, to lease property that will provide approximately 30 to 35 parking spaces in White Deer Plaza.

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“This action will provide a level of immediate relief to the businesses, their patrons and the residents of Sparta,” the announcement said.  “The council continues to explore other options for addressing parking issues in the White Deer Plaza and throughout Sparta’s commercial zones.”

Scro said they are happy to be able to help the town and the businesses. 

Late last week the Lake Mohawk Country Club announced that, with litigation against Sparta Township Planning and Zoning Boards still pending, they would be closing the parking lot across the street from the country club building. The country club is seeking to collect fees for parking in their lot to provide funds for maintenance and upgrades.

The agreement with Scro for lease of up to five years must be approved at next township council meeting on Tuesday, October 8.