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Permit Sought To Re-Open Lakewood Restaurant

The former Craft Burgers and Brews building in Lakewood may not be vacant much longer.

A public hearing on the project will be held Monday, Nov. 25, at the Lakewood Village Hall. Bruce Stanton, a 13-year Lakewood resident, has applied for a special use permit to operate a new restaurant at the 60 Chautauqua Ave. site. A public hearing on the special use permit will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 25, during the Lakewood Village Board’s meeting.

Stanton told Lakewood Village Board members recently he is working at Moonbrook Country Club and has been there for the past year or so. Before that, for 25 years he was in charge of food service and hospitality at the Chautauqua Institution’s Athenaeum Hotel while also handling the hotel’s general manager’s duties. Stanton said before that he worked at the former Gristmill Restaurant in Jamestown.

In other business, Randall Holcomb, village trustee, said concerns from village residents earlier in the fall about the expanding deer population in Lakewood prompted him to reach out to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC officials gave Holcomb a deer management plan, though Holcomb said the plan appears to be an involved process. Ted McCague, deputy mayor, asked Holcomb to bring the plan to the board’s next Zoning Committee meeting so members can review it.

Jeff Swanson, village code enforcement officer, said unsafe residential structures at 156 E. Terrace Ave. and 22 E. Summit St. had been demolished and the lots cleared of demolition material with help of the Chautauqua County Land Bank. A junk vehicle that had been the subject of complaints on Elizabeth Street had been removed and taken to the Lakewood-Busti Police Department impound area. Swanson also noted that a proposal to build a shelter at the Lakewood Dog Park will need to be considered as a commercial structure and that plans and drawings for the building will have to comply with state building codes.

The former Lexington Die Cast plant at 201 Winchester Road has a temporary tenant through the end of the year, though the tenant is using only a portion of the total floor space in the building, Swanson said.

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