Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Zoning Commission Takes Emergency Action: Bar/Restaurant Cap to be Raised

I am a bit late in posting this, but I did want to pass along the news that, at their meeting on Monday, the Zoning Commission decided to take emergency action to address the controversy that has erupted regarding the future of bars and restaurants in the area.

The Commission voted to expand the allowable percentage of linear frontage along 14th and U streets in the Arts Overlay District to 30%, up from 25%. The action goes into effect immediately and will last for 120 days, meaning that no businesses should see their operations or planned development disrupted by this issue.

At its June meeting, the Commission is expected to take up the issue of permanently raising the cap on bars and restaurants along the corridor to 50%, which was the recommendation provided by the Office of Planning in their letter sent last week to the Commission.

So, in sum: stop freaking out. We're cool here--more tapas is on the way.

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