Village of Lewiston Planning Board finalizes project variances

The Village of Lewiston Historic Preservation Commission/Planning Board met Thursday with Department of Public Works Superintendent Terry Brolinski, Engineer Mike Marino, Building Inspector Ken Candella and Lewiston No. 1 Volunteer Fire Co. director Barry Beebe to confirm the required variances for Ellicott Development’s Center/North Eighth/Onondaga streets plaza proposal and James Jerge’s Onondaga Street apartment complex/Fairchild Place lots.

“The purpose of today’s meeting was to solidify the variances that we feel will be needed by the Planning Board in order to allow these projects to go forward as they’re currently planned,” Chairman Norm Machelor said.

In addition to the variances, “We got a long memo from the fire department,” Machelor said. “They have questions about both developments.”

Before Machelor opened the floor to Beebe, he said, “We’ve been doing this for two years. We’ve had the fire department involved all along. But this is the first time we ever got anything in text from you – right at the end of the process. So, what’s going on?”

Beebe said, “We didn’t know we could make any comments yet. It seemed like it was open to the public, but comments from the public weren’t being accepted. So, I’ve been tracking the project.”

In his memo, Beebe, who’s also a senior designer with Lewiston’s Advanced Design Group engineers, listed internal traffic flow, building access, potable water, off-site traffic, snow removal and drainage/sewer as concerns surrounding the “Paladino plaza,” so-called after Ellicott’s CEO, William, who first presented the project plan.

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