Metropolis Fee to vote on rezoning property for Tiki Lab; group members oppose transfer

Tiki Lab potential location

Owensboro Metropolis Commissioners will determine at their subsequent assembly whether or not to permit a downtown property to be rezoned with the intention to enable Tiki Lab — a proposed restaurant/bar — to be constructed there. Whereas the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Fee has already permitted the rezoning, a number of involved residents are interesting the choice.

Metropolis Supervisor Nate Pagan mentioned throughout Tuesday’s Fee assembly that this attraction marks the second the Metropolis has ever acquired concerning a rezoning matter.

In April, the OMPC voted 6-1 to suggest rezoning 407 East third Road from I-1 Mild Industrial to B-2 Central Enterprise. 

The rezoning utility got here from property homeowners Daniel and Maria Keaveney. On the OMPC listening to in April, they mentioned whereas they don’t have an architectural plan for Tiki Lab but, they do plan to make use of their culinary and bartending backgrounds to offer a menu that’s roughly 50% alcohol-centered. In addition they plan to offer bartending lessons and yoga conferences, and supply an off-the-cuff gathering place and thought that the property can be prime contemplating its proximity to the remainder of downtown. 

Brian Howard, OMPC Govt Director, recapped for Commissioners on Tuesday that there was some opposition to the choice made in April.

“Questions had been requested primarily pertaining to the hours of operation, potential site visitors technology, and actually the appropriateness of a particular use of the property versus the general common zoning of the property,” Howard mentioned.

In submitting their suggestion, the OMPC included the next description from the general public listening to concerning the utility: “From the viewers, Terry Woodward, Carol Alvey, Marian Lanham, Angie Woodward, and LeAnne Caselden voiced considerations pertaining to site visitors, parking, noise, hours of operation, and the appropriateness of a bar on the topic property, Commissioners Fred Reeves and Skyler Stewart questioned the candidates’ need to function from the topic property and the anticipated occupancy on the institution. The candidates, Daniel and Maria Keaveney, answered all questions from the viewers in addition to from Commissioners Reeves and Stewart. Commissioners Irvin Rogers and Manuel Ball sought clarification from employees regarding the use’s parking necessities and the appropriateness of the B-2 Central Enterprise zone. Terry Woodward additionally sought clarification concerning the required distance separating an alcohol institution from a church. All of such questions had been addressed by OMPC Director Brian Howard and by OMPC authorized counsel. There was no additional public remark entered into the report on the assembly. The rezoning will grow to be closing 21 days after the planning fee assembly until an aggrieved particular person or the suitable legislative physique information a petition with the OMPC workplace.”

The choice to finalize the rezoning is now within the arms of Metropolis Commissioners, who determined to take extra time to contemplate the difficulty and have additional dialog earlier than voting on the ordinance at their subsequent assembly.

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