Neighborhood meeting set April 25 on proposed tavern

       A proposed bar at 1201 W. Colorado Ave. will be discussed at a neighborhood meeting Wednesday, April 25, starting at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the gathering, in the Community Room at the Gold Hill Police SubStation, 955 W. Moreno St.
       The two variance requests needed by the “Metropolis Terrace Tavern” are slated to go before Planning Commission Thursday, May 3. The commission action would be final unless appealed to City Council, according to Sue Matz, the city planner assigned to the issue.
       The variances sought by property owner Jeff Chevalier and associate Don Wagner would allow the business to be 20 feet from the nearest residential property instead of the required 200 feet, and 30 parking spaces where 44 are required.
       City Planner Sue Matz said this week she has not yet decided on a recommendation. To approve any variance, under city code, there must be proof of unique property conditions, that those conditions prevent “reasonable” use of the property and that granting the variance won't cause adverse impact to the neighborhood.
       The property is .344-acre, zoned C-5 (intermediate business); in recent years, it was a video store.
       A write-up by Wagner to the city describes an establishment that would sell coffee and liquor and catered foods and welcome different social activities, ranging from ballroom dancing to pottery demonstrations to minstrel shows.
       It would not be a restaurant, having only a convection oven on the premises.
       Opposed to the plan is Dick Strauch, the board member of the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) who has been designated by the city-recognized advocacy group to review the submission. “The whole thing is, they want to have a bar,” he said. The other activities “are a bunch of pie in the sky stuff.”
       He was especially concerned about the 20-foot variance, saying such proximity could lead to conflicts with the neighborhood.

Westside Pioneer article