First Of Chautauqua Avenue Renovations OK’d

Off The Beaten Path book store and Ryders Cup Coffee Shop is the first location to be approved to receive grant funding. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

LAKEWOOD — The first renovation building improvement project along Chautauqua Avenue has been approved.

On Monday, the Lakewood Village Board approved the renovation project for 28 Chautauqua Ave., which is owned by Vincent and Marilyn Gerace. The building is the location of Off The Beaten Path book store and Ryders Cup Coffee Shop.

Ted McCague, Lakewood deputy mayor, said the village received a $340,000 New York Main Street grant that will go toward six projects along Chautauqua Avenue. The project for 28 Chautauqua Ave. will total $70,000, with $50,000 of the grant funding going toward the renovations. He said work that will be done will include installing a handicapped ramp and doorway, reroofing and facade work, porch renovations and a refurbished floor.

McCague said Clinton Brown Company Architecture are the consultants for the projects. He said similar facade and renovation work will also be done at 36, 103, 120, 141 and 154 Chautauqua Ave.

“It’s a great program and we feel lucky to have been awarded,” McCague said.

During the public speaking portion of the meeting, one resident asked about the progress of the projects. McCague said another project is near ready to be possibly approved by the board. Douglas Schutte said there will be future public meetings that will be held to discuss the planned projects along Chautauqua Avenue.

In other board business, six residents, five of whom live on Woodlawn Avenue, spoke to the trustees about flooding in their yards following strong rain storms. The residents complained about large percentages of their yards being underwater and mosquito bites.

Tom Pilling, village public works director, said a slosh pipe runs along Woodlawn Avenue and there might be a way to connect the residents yards to help with the drainage issues. McCague said Pilling will follow up with each of the residents to help find a resolution to the drainage problems. McCague also said there have been several reported flooding incidents in the village due to the rainy spring and summer seasons this year.

McCague said the Lakewood Farmers & Artisans Market will start Thursday. He said the market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Thursday until Sept. 26. The market will be located at the former Wilson Farms site along Chautauqua Avenue.