Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Hot Flashes

Monarch Carry-Out?

Concerned neighbors have alerted the Growler that the proposed restaurant at the Monarch (whose request for a special use permit is on the January 3, 2008 Planning Commission docket) will be a Chinese carryout that will be seeking permission to operate until midnight. That's not reassuring to those who live close by.

Planning staff reports on SUP applications typically do not appear until a few days before the public hearing, which means the staff report on the proposed Monarch carry-out will not be available immediately before the Christmas-New Year's holiday interval when many neighbors will be away. The hearing notices have not been posted on the property either according to the Growler's readers.

City staff have told neighbors who have inquired that at this point the restaurant is not seeking any kind of ABC license.

Are We There Yet?

The next Braddock Road Metro planning meeting will focus on the redevelopment of public housing. It will be held Thursday, December 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at Ebenezer Baptist Church's Hargrave Collins Educational Building, located at 301 N. Patrick St. Only on-street parking will be available.

Decisions, Decisions!

Unfortunately, on the same night as the Braddock Road meeting the Alexandria School Board will be holding a work session on the options for Jefferson-Houston School at 7:30 p.m. at School Board Headquarters (2000 N. Beauregard Street).

The Growler caught the end of last week's public hearing on Jefferson-Houston and was interested to hear School Board Chairman Claire Eberwein introduce yet another option: to rebuild a smaller school along with a special education facility.