Friday, November 9, 2007

SUP Results

My god. I get quite emotional when I think of all the familar faces that were there yesterday to speak up for the bars and clubs. Especially all my friends that spoke for Dada. You guys need to give a sista a hankerchief before you start next time!

A community speaking up for small business bars and clubs (not a franchise in the lot). I'm sad about the Monkey Bar (who can still appeal!), but pleased that everyone else will get to go before City Council.

Special Note:

No one was officially approved. They still have to go before City Council on Dec. 12th, and we need the same amount (if not more) people at that hearing as well. Yesterday was like beating one of the castles in Super Mario Bros. 3 and Dec. 12th is like beating Bowser! (Not that this is a game, or we are beating anyone... I just like Mario in the cute frog suit.)

Here's the results (from DEEP's Blog):

Monkey Bar:

It is difficult to count the number of people here at this time, but probably close to 75 in support of the venues. When asked who was here to support the Monkey Bar, practically the whole room (which was almost filled) stood up. The majority of them were residents of the neighborhood. Still, four residents that were immediate neighbors (within 500 feet) showed up in opposition. They had never spoken with the owner until last week.

Despite Gerald's (Monkey Bar's owner) written commitment to try and meet the oppositions specific demands, the Commission denied the Monkey Bar. Gerald says he intends to appeal.

Currently Minc is facing the commission with some strong opposition. Everyone is here supporting them. I will give an update when it is finished....

Minc:

There was opposition to Minc mostly from landowners. Gibson Properties was the principal opposition. There was also very strong support from residents and immedate neighbors. The Commission actually seemed to be in favor for Minc. However, there was a motion made by a Commission member for an extension until next week, so that they could attempt reconcilliation with the property owners. Several of the Commission members felt it was not necessary; that they would vote for Minc's approval. However, the motion was seconded and passed. Minc will face the Commission again next week.

Amsterdam:

Amsterdam strong support, even from property owners. No opposition.

Commission approved their SUP for three years. That recommendation will now go before Dallas City Council on Dec. 12, where the final descision will be made.

Fallout Lounge:

Many supporters. No opposition.

Commission approved their SUP for three years. That recommendation will now go before Dallas City Council on Dec. 12, where the final descision will be made.

Club Dada:

One opposed, but did not show. Strong support.

Commission approved their SUP for three years (correction five years). That recommendation will now go before Dallas City Council on Dec. 12, where the final descision will be made.

Double Wide:

Many supporters. Five people were on record in opposition--apparently they could not be troubled to make their way out to the City Plan Commission though. If they had actually showed up, it would have been a rough day for Jill and Kim. One of the commissioners noted that as well.

Their SUP was approved (not sure for how long) (two years). That recommendation will now go before Dallas City Council on Dec. 12, where the final descision will be made.


The Bone:
(I heart Rhonda!)

Many supporters; I believe there was one opposition on record, but they did not show up.

Commission approved their SUP (three years, I believe). That recommendation will now go before Dallas City Council on Dec. 12, where the final descision will be made.

Elm St./Darkside:

Wes owns (correction: Wes manages, i believe Mike owns) both of these bars and there were two different hearings. The results were the same for both: many supporters and no opposition showed (possibly one on record).

Commission approved their SUP (not sure how long) (three years). That recommendation will now go before Dallas City Council on Dec. 12, where the final descision will be made.


-The italics are me puttin in my two cents-

I actually had a councilman (the only one who verbally stood up for Monkey Bar) write me a letter (it's in the previous posting's comments), and we really did show the planning peeps that we care. That we give a good goddamn about our very unique piece of turf. Hey, these planning peeps (yep I said that twice!) aren't all that bad, in fact they had me
laughhing a few times.

Come back for round two on Dec. 12th. Let's show city council the same spirit!

-- and come support Minc next week, same place, same time.