Chemistry Nightclub Requests Variance
The owner of the Chemistry nightclub at 2901 Spring Garden Street would like to turn the adjacent house at 2907 Spring Garden Street into a bar as well. Because the house at 2907 is less than 200 feet from the apartments next door and from other residences on Spring Garden Street, this violates the part of the city’s development ordinance that requires a separation between bars or nightclubs and residential property. To remedy this, the owner has requested a Variance from the ordinance requirements from the Board of Adjustment.
The owner has stated that he plans to renovate the interior of the house, but leave the exterior largely as it is. Entrance to the bar will be from the rear of the house. He has already enlarged the gravel parking lot. Any changes to the site or exterior of the building must be made in compliance with the Spring Garden Pedestrian Overlay.
The part of the ordinance he is seeking a variance from is Section 30-8-10.4 (F) and reads :
Property Separation: Establishments on Tracts of 5 Acres or Less
No bar, nightclub or brewpub establishment located on a tract of 5 acres or less in area may be located within 200 feet of a place of religious assembly use, elementary or secondary school, public park or residentially zoned property.
Your Feedback Wanted
We would like to hear from residents, especially those who live near the bar, as to your thoughts about whether the neighborhood should back or oppose this variance. The Board of Adjustment will hear the request at their meeting on July 29. Please let us know your thoughts by July 28 by leaving a public comment below, or email us at contact(at)lindleyparknc.com