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December 2, 2012

Rouses Point committee identifies priority properties

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ROUSES POINT —

The Calgah Computer Systems building sits next to Lakeside Coffee. As with many downtown properties, parking is an issue there.

McManus said it would be great if the properties on the east side of Lake Street were able to develop the land in back, which offers scenic sites right along the lake.

The Twigg Building, just north of the village park, would require extensive interior renovation. Parking could be developed behind the building if the addition were to be removed.

The properties at 93 and 95 Lake Street are apartments, including units on the ground floor. Reid said they would prefer ground-floor space to be commercial or retail.

Under the village’s new zoning code, first-floor residential is no longer an approved use, Ryan said.

CAFE COMEBACK

Melissa Baker said she and her husband, Village Mayor Francis “Bumper” Baker, are in negotiations to lease and reopen the former Old Tymes Cafe. They would like to operate the restaurant for breakfast and lunch, as well as the bar.

“Anctil’s will live again,” Mrs. Baker said.

Their plans do not include the bakery and pizza shop next door. That property has some issues with compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility rules.

LIQUOR STORE

Richard Seguin said he is negotiating purchase of West’s Liquors and Wines and hopes to finalize that within the next couple weeks. He would like to shrink the liquor store and open a separate beer and convenience store in the remaining space.

The former Ben Franklin and F.W. Myers buildings are set up as office space, part of which is already under lease. McManus said it is unlikely someone would look to start a business in either of those locations.

It was agreed that all of the property owners should be contacted to gauge their interest in possible assistance for redevelopment.

Email Dan Heath dheath@pressrepublican.com

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NEXT MEETING 

The next meeting of the Rouses Point Revitalization Committee is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Rouses Point Civic Center. Meetings are open to the public.

 

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