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Eden beautification panel seeks input from residents

A committee that strives to beautify the Town of Eden’s hamlet has asked for public input.

Eden Hamlet Streetscape Committee Chairman Richard E. Minekime told the town Planning Board on Tuesday night that panel members are encouraging feedback from residents.

“Any ideas, I sure could use them,” he said.

The year-old committee meets monthly to discuss how to improve the hamlet of Eden’s appearance. Minekime described how members decorated Main Street with additional flower pots.

“The committee, in its efforts to be relevant, put in more planters in the town,” he said.

Residents may call the Town Supervisor’s Office at 992-3408 to offer suggestions.

In another matter, the board accepted Thomas and Jennifer Ford’s proposal to buy the property at 8159 N. Main St. and convert it from a vacant restaurant into a home.

Formerly Katherine’s restaurant and Mama Mia’s Pasta House, the commercially zoned property has been unused since the restaurant shut down several years ago. The Fords have applied for a special-use permit to renovate the building and live there.

Before becoming a restaurant, the property had been zoned residential. A zoning change will be unnecessary if the Town Board approves the special-use permit.

The couple must return to the Planning Board for a site plan review before the Town Board can vote on the permit.

Board members also received a request from First Baptist Church of Eden to construct an outdoor pavilion to store lawn equipment, picnic tables and other items. Church leaders hope to remove the garage and replace it with the pavilion.

The church, at 2809 E. Church St. next to Town Hall, will send representatives to a future Planning Board meeting for a site plan review.

Town Board members do not have to vote on the proposal.