ST. JOHNSBURY — A proposed American Legion addition before the town’s Development Review Board is meant to bring a breath of fresh air to the service organization’s historic headquarters downtown. The local Legion Post 58 is requesting a permit to build a deck on the Maple Street-facing side of its building. DRB members will consider the request for the 22-foot by 33-foot exterior addition at a meeting on Thursday. Post Commander Bruce Cushman said a deck has been discussed for a few years to create an outdoor space for members and visitors to congregate when the weather is nice. Club officials approved the plan a couple of years ago. “When it’s beautiful out people don’t want to sit inside,” he said. “Sitting out a deck on a Sunday afternoon with some people looking down through St. Johnsbury we thought would be a good idea.” The Legion’s building, constructed in 1920, sits at the corner of North Avenue and Maple Street. The front of the building faces south, overlooking Maple Street and downtown Railroad Street.
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