Neighbors are upset about what they call a new bar & grill planned for the old Barrier's store at Douglas & Oliver. Developers say it's a restaurant that closes at two o'clock in the morning, not a bar.
"They're going to be overflowing into our neighborhood, On the church's parking lot, on our streets," said Bill Ryan, a lifelong resident of the Crown Heights neighborhood. "The drunks, all the drivers, are going to use Glendale."
One of their primary concerns is increased traffic. They are worried overflow parking will increase traffic on residential streets, especially when the business closes at two o'clock in the morning.
Many of the neighbors attended a District Advisory Board (DAB) meeting Monday night to voice their concerns. Dozens protested the proposal, but four supported it.
The DAB took up the issue after the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Commission recommended approving the zoning request.
Despite heavy protests, the DAB also voted (8 to 1) to recommend approving the plan. However, the DAB added two amendments. One requires the entrance to the parking lot be angled to push drivers toward Douglas. The other requires No Parking signs along both sides of Glendale to keep customers from parking there.
Those recommendations will now go before the Wichita City Council for a final decision on the issue. The city council tentatively plans to take up the issue at its first meeting in 2013.