At the March 22 planning board meeting, neighbor Mary Rea of 204 Brow St., expressed concern over possible parking problems along First Street, which abuts her backyard driveway. Rea showed the planners photographs of vehicles, apparently owned by customers of the Cobblestone Tavern, blocking her driveway.
Stevens said 80 percent of FOE's customers park briefly, buy their coffee to go and "leave immediately." JGB has been in contact with Rea about the ongoing renovation, she said.
"We'll do whatever we can do to resolve this issue," Stevens said.
Liverpool Codes-Enforcement Officer Bill Reagan suggested increasing "Tow-Away Zone" signage at Rea's property backed up by police enforcement.
Mayor Gary White, who was present at the March 22 meeting at the Village Hall, assured Rea that, "there's some remedy here someplace for resident access to the driveway."
Deputy Mayor Nick Kochan, who also attended, agreed. "This is an enforcement situation that's well within the village's control," he said.
First Street neighbors Bob Bradt and Rick Merritt each urged cooperation. Bradt, of 417 First St., said, "It's time to live in harmony as the business district meets the residential neighborhood."
Kochan, who helmed the committees that created Liverpool's Comprehensive Plan, said Freedom of Espresso's plans fit perfectly with the village's vision. "This is something we've long sought," Kochan said, "and it could be a jumpstart to a more productive use of First Street. And we're not alone. The Restore NY grant shows that the state believes in this too. We've got to keep the big picture in mind."
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