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East Third St. historic home-turned-pub to get signage with OK from council

A pub and restaurant received positive recommendation Tuesday from the city planning commission for certificates of appropriateness to mount three signs on the establishment. Matt DiRocco and his wife, Yvvone, received the positive recommendation for their property to be called the John R.T. Ryan Brewery, 151 E. Third St., part of the planned downtown revitalization in the East Third Street/Old City Gateway, said Gary Knarr, city zoning officer. The DiRoccos are the owners of the Ryan home and are in the process of preserving, restoring, and repurposing the building that was once the home to Ryan, known for launching several diverse enterprises during the lumber era in the 1800s, according to records kept at the Lycoming County Historical Society. In other action taken, the commission recommended a request to expand outdoor seating at The Bar on Market Street, 359 Market St., a restaurant which is owned by Anthony Mussare. Finally, the commission recommended a two-parcel lot consolidation request from owners of Riepstine’s Pub, 913 Arch St., which has requested the consolidation after it put an awning up for additional outside dining, Knarr said. The commission also gave a positive recommendation to the city six-year capital projects budget of $79.5 million. Council previously approved the capital projects “wish list” budget on first reading and will hold a final reading on it at the council meeting on Thursday

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