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VILLAGE BOARD DISCUSSES CANADAWAY STREET PROJECTS

A park and commercial section along Canadaway Street and a path along Canadaway Street from the village to Lake Erie are two projects informally approved by the Village Board at a workshop meeting Monday night.

The board reviewed the projects listed in the Chadwick Bay Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan. Fredonia is the only municipality in the Chadwick Bay group that does not border Lake Erie.

But Canadaway Creek runs through the village and empties into the lake, which allows the village to apply for funds from the coastal zone program of the state Department of State, Mayor Frank Pagano told the Village Board.

The short-term project involving Canadaway Street, which borders the creek, calls for the property on the north side of the creek to be turned into a park while the south side would be turned into a combination of retail shops and residences, with the retail establishments on the first floor of the buildings and the residences above.

The space would be used for small shops for artists, jewelry makers and various boutiques.

Most of the buildings on the south side are now rental housing for students, said Trustee EvaDawn Bashaw.

Pagano said he will find out how much tax revenue the village, school district and county would lose if the land on the north side of the street were owned by the village.

The mayor said the village needs to be designated as a "tourist destination" by the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, where he is on the board of directors. He sees the retail-residential development as a public-private partnership.

"We have to increase tourism," the mayor said. "We'll never be an industrial place."

The second project, which may take as long as 10 years, would require easements on private property, according to Village Attorney Samuel Drayo Jr.

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