The Planning Commission was asked for, and it granted a delay until Feb. 23 on consideration of a request for an ABC 2 zoning for the former car dealership at NW 15 and Broadway. To date, despite requests for interviews from the operators of this proposed restaurant/club, I’ve heard nothing other than the comments posted on this site.
There is a fundamental understanding, I suspect, with the operators. If the comments left on this site are any indication, they think by my posting advance notice on this zoning application I am “stirring things up.” Well, here’s the deal: the neighbors are SUPPOSED to know about this project before there is a vote on a change in zoning. They’re supposed to get the right to ASK QUESTIONS, GET THEM ANSWERED, and … get this … VOICE THEIR DISAPPROVAL AND ASK FOR DENIAL OF A ZONING CHANGE if they see it as a threat to their neighborhood.
A developer can take two approaches to such questions; they can meet with residents and answer their questions (not that they’re guaranteed to like such answers) and provide a look at their project though someone like me, or, they can get upset and say efforts to inform the neighborhood about a big restaurant and club opening up next door is “stirring things up.”
I’ve noticed work is already going on inside this building. Maybe they’re assuming approval of their zoning is a slam dunk