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BOARD OKS HOSPITAL PLAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF SHED

The Planning Board has unanimously accepted a plan to permit Brooks Memorial Hospital to construct a temporary equipment shed behind an existing garage.

The shed will house lawn equipment and will cover the equivalent of two parking spaces.

The shed can be moved around, according to John Behr, maintenance director at the hospital. A permanent building would need to be torn down and rebuilt if the hospital were to move it.

If the hospital wishes to change the location of the shed in the future, an application must be made to the Planning Board.

Patrick Wawro, assistant director of development, gave the board an overview of the city's downtown facade program, which is to be funded with $40,000 in federal community-development block grant money. The areas involved are north of Fifth Street between Main and Lark streets.

Applicants must be sensitive to the character of downtown, according to Wawro, and any proposal would need to come before the Planning Board. Part of the area is in a historic district.

Wawro said several property owners were interested because they could receive up to 75 percent of the entire cost of the project.

"The city's primary objective is to create jobs and improve the downtown area," he said.

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