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Phase 2 begins at former Riverside Lounge in West Newton

101 South Water Street drawingThe second phase of renovations to the former Riverside Lounge along South Water Street in West Newton should begin this week, with extensive renovations planned for the interior of the two-story brick building to make it suitable for leasing this fall, the Greensburg-based nonprofit owner said.

The Progress Fund, the Greensburg-based community development lender that bought the former tavern at 101 S. Water St., signed a remodeling contract with Bella Construction Company of White Oak on Monday and work will be under way this week, said William Prince, coordinator of the Progress Fund’s Trail Town Program. Prince said he met with the contractor and the project architect, Landmark Design Associates Architects of Pittsburgh, this week to discuss the job.

“That building is a key component of development on that (east) side of the river,” said Aaron Nelson, president of Downtown West Newton Inc., a nonprofit community development organization. Read the full article.