Barracks Row Gourmet Pizza One Step Closer to Reality
by Larry Janezich
At the Restoration Society’s Tuesday night meeting, Zoning Committee Gary Perterson announced that his committee had approved IMA Pizza’s request for an exception that would allow opening a fast food establishment in the space at 415 8th Street, SE, formerly occupied by China Wall. Barracks Row zoning requires a special exception for fast food restaurants. IMA Pizza falls into the fast food category because you have to pay for the food in advance, even though inside seating for 40 will be provided. Customers will be presented with an array of choices – including gluten free options – and construct their own pizza.
Under CHRS procedures, approval by the committee is tantamount to approval by the CHRS Board.
Peterson said that Zoning regulations provide 15 or 16 requirements an applicant must meet in order to qualify for an exception, and he said the Committee was satisfied that the applicant had complied with the requirements.
The application will still have to go through ANC6B, and according to Planning and Zoning Chair Francis Campbell, it will be on the committee’s agenda for the February meeting. Given the prior approval of the CHRS, it is likely that the committee and the full ANC will follow suit. That will send the application to the March 6 meeting of the Board of Zoning Adjustment.