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City to vote on permit for downtown bar

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

A proposed bar in downtown Lincolnton will be up for discussion during Thursday’s City Council meeting, with a public hearing scheduled before a vote on the matter.

As the Times-News previously reported, Bryan McClure, who owns motorcycle repair shop Iron Station Thunder, is seeking a conditional-use permit to operate what he has described as a “low-key little bar” at the previous site of Flatline Graphics, located at 118 E. Water St.

The establishment, classified as a “private social club” in the city’s Unified Development Ordinance, would require customers to sign in upon entering.

The Planning Board voted to recommend approval of the request during its April meeting.

The proposed bar would be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with Sunday hours yet to be determined.

Some food, adult beverages and mixed drinks would be served at roughly 12 tables, and 18 employees would be hired. Small, live bands would also be featured.

McClure was also behind a recent request for a UDO amendment to reduce the separation requirement previously stipulated for social clubs and lounges in downtown, which the Lincolnton City Council approved in a split vote at its last meeting.

The approved amendment, which applies only to the city’s Central Business (CB) District, specifically decreases the separation requirement for such businesses with nearby churches, schools, public parks or playgrounds and residential property from 300 feet to 50 feet, to be measured from building to building instead of property line to property line.

During a public hearing on the amendment, several local business owners spoke in favor of the proposal, noting that it would be a boost for downtown business.

McClure said it would also remove the hurdle for those who can’t afford a full-fledged kitchen for a restaurant to open a bar or brewery, allowing them time to grow the food menu down the road.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, the City Council will consider a 10-year contract between the Police Department and various property owners to install security cameras in downtown.

The proposed locations for the cameras would be at the Citizens Center, the Anderson Building, First Federal Savings Bank and Fifth Third Bank.

Other items on the agenda for Thursday evening’s City Council meeting include:

  • A public hearing will be conducted on a conditional-use permit renewal request to construct mini warehouse units at 944 W. N.C. 150.
  • Council members will consider amending the speed limits on McGinnis Avenue and Turner Street.
  • Council members will consider awarding chemical bids for the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Council members will consider a resolution to support two N.C. Senate bills to preserve balanced municipal revenues.
  • Council members will consider a resolution to maintain and support Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant funding.
  • Council members will consider donating $18,746 to support the Child Advocacy Center.
  • City Manager Jeff Emory will present his proposed 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.

The meeting, which will be preceded by a budget work session at 6 p.m., begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall and is open to the public.

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