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Planning Board OKs street closing

ahead for Candlelight Cabinetry to permanently shut a block of Michigan Street to construct a connector between its two buildings, but the work won't begin until spring.

Company president John Yakich said that means Michigan Street between West and Park avenues will stay open during the winter.

The $500,000 project calls for construction of a 15-foot-high, 7,714-square-foot structure that would connect the kitchen cabinet maker's factory with the former International Multifoods plant across the street. Candlelight bought that property in 2005.

In October 2006, the Common Council agreed to abandon the block of Michigan Street to the company.

Yakich and Bill Wincott of D.R. Chamberlain Co., the engineering firm on the project, said the work was delayed because of talks with New York State Electric & Gas Corp. over how the utility would retain access to a natural gas main under the street, and with the city over access to water and sewer lines in the block.

Wincott said the solution was to build a tunnel under the building to allow utility crews to service the gas main, and to surround the water and sewer lines with a steel casing.

The connector will join Candlelight's production facility to the more extensive shipping and receiving docks in the former flour mill. It will be built in the center of the block. Wincott said there will be employee parking on the West Avenue side of the connector, while there will be a traffic turnaround on the Park Avenue side, with new landscaping on both sides.

Candlelight, one of Lockport's most flourishing companies, employs 230 people and should grow to 300 within three years, Yakich said.

On another matter, the Planning Board approved landscaping, lighting and building plans for the Victorian Village condominium project on Park Lane Circle.

Michael Metzger, engineer for the project, said the project is to be built in four phases, and earlier this year the board approved a subdivision of the property into four parcels. He said the developers will seek approval from the corporation counsel's office within three weeks for access easements in case the rear landlocked parcels are ever sold.

Edward Lewis, manager of the project, said the first four-unit building is complete, and one condo is occupied. He said the work on the next two buildings in the first phase should begin around Christmas.

The Planning Board also approved an 8,000-square-foot addition to the Barry Steel Fabrication plant at 465 Ohio St. Wincott, who also designed that project, said a smaller building on the site will be demolished.


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