Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mid-Week Mash-Up

Tarting Wars

Following up on an earlier posting about another sex shop opening on King Street, the Growler notes with a chuckle that the docket for the Planning Commission's November meeting includes this item:

TEXT AMENDMENT #2009-0006
ADULT USES

A) Planning Commission initiation of a text amendment; B) Public hearing and consideration of an amendment to Section 7-2400 of the City's Zoning Ordinance to define and regulate the location of sexually oriented businesses within the City. [Emphasis added]

Now there's one staff report the Growler can't wait to read!

In a supposedly unrelated development at last Saturday's marathon Council hearing, elected officials have deferred consideration of a measure that would raise massage parlor permit fees.

Slurpee Madness

At last Saturday's public hearing there was even more fascinating discussion about retail. The topic came up during the discussions about the proposed 7-11 at 504 John Carlyle Drive.

Quote du jour: Council member Del Pepper wishfully describing the 7-11 as a potential "anchor" store which will attract more businesses to the retail-starved Carlyle community. (Residents there recently lost a bagel shop.)

The Growler admires Ms. Pepper's ability to put a happy face on any issue, but thought the term "anchor" usually applied to behemoth department stores like Nordstrom's.

Coming soon, we are told: a 7-11 on Upper King Street.

Flattened

The six-month battle over the fate of the old American Legion building at 224 N. Fayette Street has concluded with the Council sensibly upholding (by a 6-1 vote) the earlier Board of Architectural Review decision to approve demolition.

Developer and property owner Bill Cromley will be permitted to tear the structure down in six months if no buyer with a financially solid and binding offer appears to take it off his hands and move it elsewhere.

From the podium, Council members noted that the Old Town preservationists who spoke up for the building presented no viable plan for saving the structure.

It also didn't escape notice that only two of the 25 Parker-Gray property owners who signed Boyd Walker's appeal petition (including himself) bothered to show up to testify in favor of overturning the BAR ruling.

Footnote

Lest readers think our community doesn't care about history ...

A historic plaque based on the Growler's research four years ago has now been installed on the wall of the new Lorien Hotel at 1600 King Street. The plaque notes the property was once owned by the influential Peyton family and that the site later included a slave jail owned by Edward Home.