BAR overturned: New door allowed here

"We sure did argue a lot for a unanimous decision," says City Councilor Blake Caravati, as he and fellow councilors overturn a November decision by the Board of Architectural Review. The April 5 Council vote allows developer Gabe Silverman to replace a window with a door, so Asian Express restaurant can access a planned outdoor deck.

Councilors noted that the antebellum brick house at 909 W. Main Street had already been drastically changed over the years, most recently by two B.A.R.-approved decisions in October 2002, one allowing widening the front steps to span the entire front porch, the other a narrow approval of larger openings on the first floor. The building also houses Big Mouth Pizza and two apartments. –Hawes Spencer

The new door is out of sight in this photograph.