Hunt recognizes BelmontNA, but won't let that stand in the way of haters in other NA's during rezoning discussions
Lowest Greenville neighborhood associations blocking full participation for BelmontNA with Angela Hunt's implausible deniability
The past few weeks have been abuzz with comments about Angela Hunt's plans (with CM Pauline Medrano) to rezone specific areas of Lowest Greenville and require businesses open late to have permits. (link - Lower Greenville's Future). Though this concept - the most significant proposal since the 2000 Lower Greenville Land Use Study (shot down and stomped on by LGNA) has been discussed in secret with Ms Hunt and City Attorneys for nearly a year, the recent tragic fire on March 2nd that consumed Terilli's, Mick's, Greenville Bar & Grill and Hurricane Grill moved the topic to the front burner.
Councilmember Pauline Medrano and I have proposed a special zoning district for Lowest Greenville that would require businesses that want to stay open past a certain time — say 11:30 p.m. or midnight — to get a special permit. That’s it.
The permit can be granted for several years for known businesses that haven’t caused problems, or it can be granted on an annual basis for those businesses that are new, unknown quantities. Or it can be denied for bars that cause problems weekend after weekend. And even those bad operators won’t have to shut down; they’ll just have to close their doors at 11:30 p.m. or midnight.
We believe this will bring some balance back to Lowest Greenville and encourage a better quality and mix of businesses.
As she gets ready to go offline in a few weeks for the arrival of a baby girl (mazel tov!), Ms Hunt is holding a series of informational meetings and discussions with the boards of neighborhood associations, the property owners and even business owners to get their reactions, comments or outright fawning motions before a big public meeting of residents in June.