Divided ANC6b Votes for De Facto Barracks Row Moratorium
by Larry Janezich
Last night, a divided ANC voted to protest a new liquor license application for Xavier Cervera’s proposed 8th Street Latin tapas restaurant, Pacificos. Cervera, who proposes a $1.5 million renovation of Capital Video’s, offered to scale back hours of operation and occupancy, to address noise concerns with barriers and sound proofing, and to lead a Barrack’s Row effort to promote patron parking in the lot under the freeway.
The Commission voted 5-4-1 to protest the license on the basis of peace, order, quiet, parking and over concentration.
Commissioners voting to protest: Dave Garrison, Carol Green. Ken Jarboe, Kirsten Oldenburg, Mary Wright
Commissioners voting not to protest: Francis Campbell, Neil Glick, Will Hall, Mike Patterson
Commissioners abstaining: Norm Metzger
At least two commissioners – Garrison and Metzger – signaled they might be willing to live with over concentration if ways could be found to deal with peace, order, quiet and parking issues.
To that end, outgoing ANC Chair Garrison said the commission was looking for “a third way” to deal with licenses, not just to protest or support. He said he was anxious to see what the Retail Mix Task Force recommended, alluding to the Task Force’s consideration of “guidelines” for the new ABC establishments which could be written into voluntary agreements governing their operation. The Task Force is scheduled to issue an interim report prior to the ANC’s February 2011 meeting (see previous post)..
Incoming ANC6b 02 commissioner Ivan Frishbery stated during Public Speakout that he thought creating a de facto moratorium outside the regular process was not a good idea and did not have wide support within the community. He said he would bring suggestions to the ANC in January to initiate addressing neighbor’s issues. He said that this was not to undercut the work of the Retail Mix Task Force, but an effort to allow the Commission to begin work as soon as possible on ways to deal with these concerns.
In other action, the ANC voted 7-3 to support Bavarian Beer Garden’s application for a tavern license at 8th and L Streets, contingent upon reaching a voluntary agreement on hours of operation and entertainment.
Commissioners voting to support: Francis Campbell, Dave Garrison, Carol Green, Will Hill, Ken Jarboe, Kirsten Oldenburg, Mary Wright
Commissioners voting to protest: Neil Glick, Norm Metzger, Mike Patterson