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City zoning board denies proposal for Federal Hill beer garden

City zoning board denies proposal for Federal Hill beer garden

The city's zoning board on Tuesday denied an appeal by a Federal Hill group to create an open-air beer garden across from the Cross Street Market. Board members voted 3-2 to grant conditional approval to the courtyard beer garden in the first block of Cross Street, but the appeal needed a four-vote majority to pass. Board Chairman Geoffrey Washington, who voted for the appeal, proposed several conditions. The bar would have to operate as a restaurant, selling more food than beer. No bar or music would be allowed outside. It would be required to provide valet parking, to ensure that customers didn't fill up spots used by neighbors. And it would have to close by 10 p.m. on...

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