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No public hearing, but Frontier House is on Lewiston agenda

by jmaloni
Mon, Jul 15th 2013 02:10 pm

by Joshua Maloni

While trustees in the Village of Lewiston are not yet ready to hold a public hearing on the future of the historic Frontier House, that doesn't mean the topic will be ignored at tonight's board meeting.

Three Frontier House-related motions are on the agenda, and include the completion of an environmental assessment form, a resolution authorizing Mayor Terry Collesano to file an application for funds from the state Department of Transportation, and a resolution directing him to file an application with the state Division of Coastal Resources to request grant funding for the development of an updated Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. The third item requires the village to provide 50 percent matching funds to complete the project (not to exceed $150,000 total project cost).

Collesano and the board seek funding to purchase and renovate the Frontier House.

Trustees have made available a petition wherein residents can sign their names in support of the village taking control of the building. The municipality seeks ownership so as to qualify for state and federal funding, which would be used to refurbish the Frontier House's exterior, interior or both.

The building, erected in 1824, has sat vacant since McDonald's exited in late 2004.

On Thursday, Trustee Dennis Brochey said the building's purchase price is $750,000. However, Richard Hastings, who owns the Frontier House, has not agreed to sell or relinquish his building to the village.

Trustees meet at 6 p.m. inside the Red Brick Municipal Building, located at 145 N. Fourth St.

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