Hill Center Neighbors Detail Goals of Liquor License Protest
by Larry Janezich
A core group of protesting neighbors met on Friday, June 8, and agreed on which of the operational details governing the rental of space for social events currently listed by Hill Center on its website should be formalized in an enforceable voluntary agreement (VA). In addition, the group agreed on a number of new restrictions that should be part of a new VA.
The list of items is as follows:
Hill Center policies on Website to be written into a VA
1) Alcohol service in the Garden will end at 8:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Inside the building, alcohol sales will end at 11:00 p.m. The hours for entertainment are the same as those for alcohol service.
2) All equipment must be delivered after 7:00 a.m. and removed by 12:00 midnight.
3) All events that expect more than 30 cars must contract with our approved valet parking vendor. Hosts will encourage their guests to use public transportation and taxis.
In addition: For events with 100 or more guests, jitney service will be provided between the parking site and the Hill Center in order to reduce the noise that results from patrons waiting for their cars to be brought to them,
4) Clean up requirements of caterers regarding removal of trash from the site and restoring the building and/or the garden to its pre-event condition.
In addition, there should be a commitment to contract with the BID to insure that the area surrounding the site is cleaned up.
Additional items to be written into a VA
1) Occupancy for special events would be limited to 250 people (outdoor and indoor combined).
2) No amplification of sound at garden area events. Windows will be closed for any indoor event.
3) Security personnel for events serving alcohol will provide a visual presence on the site and the surrounding street will be monitored by security for at least one hour after closing time for the event.
4) The Hill Center will facilitate access to personnel on site during events (cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses, pagers or whatever will expedite resolution of problems.
5) The Hill Center will keep a log of complaints and resolutions of problems that will be accessible to the neighborhood upon request.
6) The staff and/or board will convene a meeting with Hill Center neighbors 6 months after the VA is signed by both parties and approved by ABRA. This meeting will provide an opportunity for discussion as to whether the VA has met the expectations of both sides. Mutually agreeable changes will be made after a free and open discussion.
7) Any transfer of this alcohol beverage license will be limited to transfer to another 501C3 organization.
8) The Old Naval Hospital Foundation shall amend the Alcohol Beverage license application to include the changes in this Voluntary Agreement and file this with the Alcohol Beverage Review Board.
Protest group leaders Jill Lawrence and Barbara Eck have released specific items they hope to see included in a new voluntary operational agreement (VA) with Hill Center. Lawrence has been the point person in organizing neighborhood meetings and gathering signatures on the protest letter and petitions of support. Erepresentatives.ck has led the efforts in navigating ABRA regulations and liaising with Hill Center.