Plans for Lisbon buildings approved

The site of the proposed Dreamer’s Cafe on West Lincoln Way in Lisbon. (Photo by Tom Giambroni)

LISBON — Five property owners in the downtown business district were given permission this week to proceed with plans to spruce up their buildings, including two women who intend to open a cafe on West Lincoln Way.

Debbie Richards and Marcella Adams were before the village architectural and historical review board seeking permission for improvements they intend to make before opening Dreamer’s Cafe in the storefront next to where the former Crosser’s Diner once stood.

The cafe will be open for breakfast and lunch, and the improvements include washing the front of the building, new windows and painting the side wall facing Brian’s Barbershop that became exposed when Crosser’s was razed about 10 years ago. A sign in the shape of a cloud was also given approval, although some questioned whether it was allowed by the AHRB code.

“I think we’re stretching the guidelines, I agree, but these ladies are taking a chance on opening a business in Lisbon,” said board member Gene Krotky, who supported their request.

The only area of dispute was the font size of the script lettering to be used in the sign. Richards and Adams can only use one of four approved fonts for the lettering.

Dreamer’s Cafe hopes to be open by mid-summer.

The board also approved the color scheme and other improvements Renelee Lewis wants to make in her historical renovation of the former Morgan’s Drug Store building on East Lincoln Way.

Constructed in 1810 in the federal style, the third floor and the mansard roof were added in 1874, and the style changed to Victorian, according to Krotky, who is also a member of the Lisbon Historical Society.

Lewis is the money behind the multi-million historical renovation of the Hamilton Building, which was turned into the Courthouse Inn & Restaurant. She plans to do the same with the Morgan’s building, which will house a law office, apothecary, and art studio and gallery on the first floor, and five loft-style apartments on the second and third floors.

The color chosen for the building is a shrimp or salmon-like color, similar to what Lewis painted the wall bordering the outdoor eating patio behind the Courthouse Inn. Krotky said it is a historically accurate color according to Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams.

“I will say, to her credit, she is putting back windows that were taken out years ago … They have done a great job of copying that,” she said of the restoration.

Krotky’s only concern is whether the color choice will prove to be a bit much since it will cover the entire building and it does not necessarily fit with the rest of the block.

“What does?” board president John Deichler asked, referring to the pink and blue-painted buildings several doors to the west of Morgan’s. Those buildings were painted before the ARHB was created to protect the integrity of the historical downtown.

Amy Faulk also received permission to repaint the four side-by-side buildings she owns in the town square on South Park Avenue: Dashing Divas, Foxes Pizza, the former Pozenel Insurance Agency and McLaughlin’s Martial Arts. She operates Dashing Divas, and the only vacancy among the storefronts is the insurance agency, and a mead brewery is expected to open in the space.

The buildings will be painted a dark green, similar to hunter green, with sand trim.

Faulk also owns and operates the Jamby Styles clothing store on West Lincoln Way across the street from the proposed Dreamer’s Cafe, and she received permission to wash the building exterior and paint the windows using the same green and sand trim as her other buildings.

Finally, Mitchell McGuire received permission to repaint the brick exterior of the building located at the corner of South Market and East Washington streets, which once housed a tool business. The building will be repainted the same red color.

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