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Board OKs four Center Street projects

The commercial streetscape along Center Street, Lewiston's main thoroughfare, is due for some changes as a result of development plans approved by the Village Board.

The five-member board has put its stamp of approval on expansion or improvement plans for commercial buildings at 432, 440, 700 and 755 Center St. The local Planning Commission has recommended approval of all four projects.

The projects are:

*Construction of a 24-by-26-foot second-story patio deck at the Brickyard Pub and BBQ, 432 Center.

*Construction of a similar second-story deck at Brio Pizzeria and Restaurant, 440 Center, next door to the Brickyard Pub. Brio was damaged in December by a small fire.

*Development of an outside patio, addition and dormers to accommodate three second-floor apartments and three ground-floor stores in a former house at 700 Center. One of the storefronts is slated to become a jewelry store. The structure, built in 1830 as a doctor's home and office, has housed a drugstore, post office and apparel shop through the years.

*An "outside shelter" on a patio at 755 Center, the former First and Last Chance Saloon, for a wine bar.

All four projects were approved at the board's regular meeting last week.

Noting the increased traffic along Center Street during the summer tourism months and the Artpark performance season, village trustees urged the owners of the four properties to try to find additional parking spaces for their customers.

The trustees suggested reconfiguring some existing parking and possibly acquiring adjoining or nearby properties for parking.

Mayor Terry C. Collesano noted that it is almost impossible to find parking spaces on streets in the village's central business district on nights when special events are taking place or Artpark productions are under way.

Board members praised the Lewiston Police Department for its efforts to keep traffic moving, provide for public safety, enforce parking regulations and amicably mediate occasional disputes over parking spaces.