No SUP, No Service: Plan Commission to Down a Big Shot of Lower Greenville Tomorrow

No SUP, No Service: Plan Commission to Down a Big Shot of Lower Greenville Tomorrow

It's been five whole weeks since the City Plan Commission denied giving a specific use permit to the proposed bowling alley next to Good Records. But fear not: It will resurface in two weeks, when the city council considers its last-ditch appeal. Before then, though, the CPC will once again take a long, hard look at several applicants applying for their SUPs as mandated by Angela Hunt and Pauline Medrano's Lower Greenville Planned Development District ordinance, which demands operators hoping to keep their doors open past midnight get the city's OK to do so.

On tomorrow's to-do list: Billiard Bar, Nandina, Shade, Service Bar, Greenville Avenue Pizza Company, Taco Cabana, Kush and Yucatan. City staff recommends the plan commission sign off on six of the applicants' permits, for varying lengths of time and subject to the approval of site plans and conditions. Two, though, are in for a fight, with staff recommending they be denied their SUP. Quick -- guess the two. Jump for the essay answer, and a comment from Hunt.

The correct answer: Service Bar and Yucatan. I will let staff explain why. First up, Service Bar. An excerpt from the staff summary:

In an effort to assess the compatibility of a request for a late-hours establishment, the following information is requested for staff's review:

(1) Floor plan.
(2) Certificate of occupancy history.
(3) Location of required parking, including detail related to applicable delta credits, Board of Adjustment parking reductions, and/or city approved parking agreements.
(4) Existing or proposed improvements within the right-of-way, including copy of private license.
(5) For a restaurant, copy of menu and alcohol affidavit.

The applicant has provided necessary documentation related to No. 2. Documentation related to No. 1 has not been provided, while Nos. 4 and 5 are not applicable to the request.

With respect to required off-street parking (No. 3), the existing area in the rear of the site will require certain improvements to be consistent with what is shown on the site plan, but it should be noted that the property owner's intent is to allow this parking area to satisfy off-street parking requirements for a separate SUP request for a late-hours establishment for a restaurant without drive-in or drive-through service (Z101-326). As a result, staff has not confirmed that delta credits are valid for satisfying off-street parking requirements as the applicant/property owner will present at the public hearing.

The applicant's improvements are oriented along the north-south alignment of Greenville Avenue with a small number of required spaces located in the rear of the property. This parking area is accessed from Alta Avenue through a public alley with signage providing for one-way vehicular movements (south to north).

While the proposed use is consistent with similar uses along the Greenville Avenue corridor, staff does have some concern related to the reported offenses and overall attention to responsibilities associated with the operation of the use (see Police Activity, below).

As a result of this analysis, staff cannot support the applicant's request. Should CPC consider granting the request, the attached requested conditions have been provided as a base for such a recommendation.

Police Analysis
1919 Greenville Service Bar

Number of citations issued by police to patrons - 0

Number of citations issued by police for noise ordinance violations by the establishment - 1 loud noise warning given in 2011

Number of arrests for public intoxication or disorderly conduct associated with the establishment -
8 public intoxication arrests in 2010; 8 public intoxication arrests in 2011

Number of Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code violations - 0

Number of violent crimes associated with the establishment/ originating inside the establishment -
1 Assault Misdemeanor A report made in 2010
1 Assault Misdemeanor C report made in 2010

Notations:
1 Over Capacity citation issued by Dallas Fire Rescue in 2010
6 citations issued by Health Dept in 2011

Now, Yucatan:

The applicant's improvements are oriented along the north-south alignment of Greenville Avenue with a small number of required spaces located in the rear of the property. This parking area is accessed from Alta Avenue through a public alley with signage providing for one-way vehicular movements (south to north).

While the identified land use is consistent with that found on adjacent properties along the north/south alignment of Greenville Avenue, consideration of compatibility of a request is given to not only the impact of a requested use on adjacent residential areas (found further west of the site), but compatibility on adjacent nonresidential uses as well. As noted below, certain activity has been associated with this property that raises concerns as to the impact of the proposed use during late hours (as defined in PDD No. 842).

As a result of this analysis, staff cannot support the applicant's request. Should CPC consider granting the request, the attached requested conditions have been provided as a base for such a recommendation.

Police Analysis
1915 Greenville Yucatan (also formerly Malibu)

Number of citations issued by police to patrons -

1 Urinating in Public citation issued in 2010,
2 Urinating in Public citations issued in 2011

Number of citations issued by police for noise ordinance violations by the establishment - 0

Number of arrests for public intoxication or disorderly conduct associated with the establishment

19 public intoxication arrests in 2010,
5 public intoxication arrests in 2011

Number of Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code violations - 0

Number of violent crimes associated with the establishment/ originating inside the establishment - 1

Assault Misdemeanor A reported in 2011; 2 MIR reports made on disturbances inside the establishment.

One notation:
1 other arrest for warrants
1 No dance hall license citation issued in 2010;
1 No dance hall license citation issued in 2011;
4 citations issued by Health Dept in 2011
Notice to Comply warning by Fire Inspector in 2011
1 Over Capacity citation issued Dallas Fire Rescue in 2011

For the past few years, this establishment has often been coached and given information about rules of behavior and a stricter dress code to reduce the amount of police enforcement involving it. This establishment often allows males who are wearing large t-shirts and baggie pants and makes no effort to improve its dress requirements.

We'll have someone there tomorrow; who's bringing the popcorn?

I asked Hunt for her thoughts on the permitting process last night. Via email, she writes: "For so long, we've seen a handful of bad businesses overwhelm the Lower Greenville neighborhood with crime, traffic, noise, trash, and parking problems. These businesses had little incentive to improve, but our new PD process gives them reason to be a good neighbor if they want to be open past midnight. I think the PD process is finally allowing Lower Greenville residents to have a voice in an issue that literally hits so close to home."


Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >