I am not asking you to agree, but to simply consider the side of those directly affected on the issue of whether to turn BB into a bar. The individuals who object, as well as those seeking a voluntary agreement, are residents who live within a block or so of BB, and, contrary to current mischaracterizations, are a cross-section of the Bloomingdale neighborhood. We are black, white, Asian; we are young, old and in between; we are single, married, married with children and retired; we are generally well-educated.
Our concerns are:
1. BB is zoned residential because it is in a residential area with houses on two sides and a park across the street - a coffee shop is not inconsistent with the purpose of this zoning, a bar is;
2. BB is an improvement over the former grocery store, but that store did not stay open until 2 or 3 a.m.;
3. As a coffee shop, patrons either walk or park briefly, rather than park and stay to drink;
4. BB has no sound proofing common in bars near residential areas;
5. Litter and trash, which is already a problem, will increase;
6. While not even considered as an issue until raised in a blog, arguably it may increase the property value of homes some blocks away, it will decrease the property value of the immediate neighborhood; and
7. There are 3 other restaurants/bars slated to open shortly in the area, each in a commercially-zoned building with business to either side.
These are my characterizations of the issues, not necessarily of all of those affected, but thank you for allowing this side to be presented. At this point, the matter will be settled by the City and all further action will be taken though that process.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
the other side of the Big Bear controversy: it`s simply a quality-of-life issue
From a Bloomingdale resident who lives near the Big Bear Cafe.