Neighborhood concerns regarding a C-AB-1 Rezoning
- Park Hills residents are pleased that Millennial Park developers have changed their rezoning as to C-AB-1 restaurant serving alcohol. That designation is a much better than C-AB-2 bar/lounge. A restaurant serving alcohol will certainly be less disruptive than 2 bars. That being said the C-AB-1 designation does raise some concerns.
- At the last Metro Council meeting on January 20th, 2021 Millennial Park developers told the Metro Council that it has reduced it's plan for the number of shipping container businesses to a total of 5 containers containing businesses. On that date there were 7 shipping containers housing businesses on their property. Currently, as of February 26, 2021 there are 9 shipping containers housing businesses that are either open, awaiting final inspection to open or under construction. SO what happened to a total of 5? Video clip of this here
- It's chronic deception and outright lies that keep residents mistrust alive and growing. Developers have been doing this since the first Planning Comission meeting all the way thru the Metro Council meetings. Clearly they feel they can say whatever they need to say to get their rezoning proposal passed.
Reducing the footprint for the proposed rezone area is appropriate
- The current rezoning footprint involves 3 lots, Plot 1, 2 and a portion of plot 3. Plot 1 was added ..... This footprint should be reduced to just a portion of the permament structure being rezoned to C-AB-1.
- Developers current plans call for an Noire Chinese Restaurant to go into the rear half of the premament structure on plot 2. This restaurant is the ONLY business that will be approved by ABC.
- Developers have dropped plans for the front half of this permament structure to house Husl Sports Bar and have opened Husl Hookah Lounge. A Hookah lounge can not sell alcohol and does not require a liquor permit of any kind. So that portion of the permament structure doesn't need to change its zoning designation.
- Currently in front of the permament structure, on what was once store front parking there is a container business called Sweet Jones Farms and 4VicFarms. They sell locally grown produce, fresh seafood and a line of CBD smokable product. This business is not a restaurant and does not need a C-AB-1 designation.
- The proposed rezoning footprint also includes a protion of Plot 3 as designated in red in the pics. That small portion currently has 2 containers under construction on it. One was going to be a Daiquiri Bar and the other is slated to be Green Acres Salad & Soups according to developers.
- Developers have talked about making this portion of plot 3 into an outdoor patio where patrons of the Noire Chinese Restaurant can eat and consume alcohol.
- The patio idea has some permiting issues that will not allow this to happen based on my extensive conversations with DPW permit office and ABC Board.
- DPW will not issue a permit for a patio to a C-AB-1 restaurant where the patio is not adjacent to the restaurant. You have to be able to walk out of the restaurant directly onto the patio.
- ABC will not issues a liquor permit of any kind to a business that is not in a permanent structure. EBR Parish code does not classify a storage container as a permament strcture. So trying to do something with containers that serve alcohol on this plot will never meet premit requirements.
- For these reasons this portion of Plot 3 does not need to be rezoned to C-AB-1.
- In the end only the rear portion of the permament structure will house Noire Chinese Restaurant that needs a C-AB-1 zoning designation. There is no need for rest of the proposed rezone footprint to be given.