September 18, 2018

Meeting Recap Alert – City Council Public Hearing September 15th, 2018

Recap of City Council Public Hearing

held September 15, 2018

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Over the weekend, the City Council held their first public hearing following summer break- an all day session! They considered Special Use Permits (SUP) for Doyle’s Outpost– an amusement enterprise featuring laser tag, arcade games, and a virtual reality attraction- at 4620A Kenmore Avenue, outdoor rooftop dining seats at Misha’s Coffee House at 6 Prince Street, adding outdoor seating and extending the hours of operation at Charlie’s on the Avenue (1501, 1503, & 1505 Mount Vernon Avenue), adding indoor and outdoor seating, outdoor live entertainment, extending the hours of operation, and deleting a condition requiring 15 off-street parking spaces for Augie’s Mussel House and Patio at 1106 & 1108 King Street, and adding an outdoor carry-out service window to Urbano 116 at 116 King Street; as well as a Development SUP to allow supply deliveries and loading and unloading activities between 4am and 11pm at Dunkin’ Donuts (2415 Eisenhower Avenue), and a variety of Development and Plan approvals for a new multifamily residential building with ground floor retail and day care on a portion of the first and second floors at 1200 & 1230 North Henry Street. 

Details on these items can be found below:

Item: 4620A Kenmore Avenue- Doyle’s Outpost- Laser Tag
Action: Approved unanimously from the consent agenda
Next Steps: Permitting and interior build out
Description: Request for a Special Use Permit for an amusement enterprise featuring laser tag, arcade games, and a virtual reality attraction.
Details & Issues of Interest:

– Property was historically a bowling alley amusement center- has been vacant since 2005

– Hours of operation – 7 AM – 1 AM daily

– Anticipated 200 attendees/day: Sun – Thurs; 300 attendees/day: Fri – Sat

Item: Misha’s Coffee House SUP at 6 Prince Street
Action: Approved unanimously from the consent agenda
Next Steps: The site is already under construction- build out will continue.
Description: Request for a Special Use Permit amendment to add outdoor rooftop dining seats at an existing restaurant.
Details & Issues of Interest:

– Popular Old Town coffee shop Misha’s will open a new restaurant, selling coffee, beverages and baked goods; no coffee roasting or baking on site

– Hours of operation- 6 AM – 8 PM (Sun – Thurs) and 6 AM- 10 PM (Fri – Sat)

– 48 seats, indoor and outdoor including new rooftop dining, based on weather and demand

Item: Dunkin’ Donuts at 2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Action: Approved unanimously from the consent agenda
Next Steps: Build out is already underway.
Description: Amendment to the previous DSUP approval to allow for extended delivery hours for the ground floor retail tenant.
Details & Issues of Interest:

– Extension of the morning delivery hours to accommodate the needs of the new tenant, Dunkin’ Donuts, a retail amenity for the larger building tenant, the National Science Foundation

– Will allow for loading and unloading & supply deliveries between 4 AM – 11 PM

Item: Two Nineteen Restaurant – 219 King Street
Action: 7-0 vote to adopt the Planning Commission recommendation
Next Steps: The existing restaurant will undergo renovation
Description: Request for Special Use Permit amendment to intensify a grandfathered use to extend hours, add indoor and outdoor seats, and add live entertainment to an existing restaurant.
Details & Issues of Interest:

– The amendments to the SUP will allow for:

– the expansion of the Bayou Bar in the basement

– enclosure of the covered open first floor dining area

– addition of second-floor outdoor dining with a retractable awning on the west side of the property fronting on King Street

– live music, such as blues and jazz bands, would be featured on the second floor and DJs at the basement level

– sound proofing measures, such as replacement of the windows with double-glazed windows with maximum STC values, to mitigate noise from the live entertainment and to comply with the City’s noise ordinance

– Hours will remain as currently allowed: 10 AM – 2 AM, Saturday & Sunday; 11 AM – 2 AM, Monday-Friday

– Increase in indoor and outdoor seats for a total of 284

– Additional screening to outdoor trash receptacles will be required

– There were no speakers for this item

Item: Urbano 116 – 116 King Street
Action: 4-3 vote to adopt the Planning Commission recommendation
Next Steps: This restaurant is already under construction, and the new take-out window will be constructed
Description: Request for Special Use Permit amendment to add outdoor carry-out service to an existing restaurant.
Details & Issues of Interest:

– Urbano 116 was previously approved through an SUP to operate as a full service restaurant

– The amendment will add an outdoor carry-out service window and an encroachment into the right-of-way for the carry-out window service line on King Street

– The applicant proposes to sell a limited menu of quick-service food items from a partially retractable storefront window which would be accessed from the sidewalk

– Carry-out window hours: 11 AM to 12 AM, Sunday – Wednesday; 11 AM to 2 AM, Thursday – Saturday

– There was significant discussion about the appropriateness of the carry-out window in the Old Town historic district

– One speaker, the applicant, provided testimony

Item: Charlie’s on the Avenue – 1501, 1503 & 1505 Mount Vernon Avenue
Action: 6-1 vote to accept Planning Commission recommendations, with amendment to outdoor speakers and music provisions (more below)
Next Steps: The restaurant is already open and operating
Description: Request for Special Use Permit amendment to add outdoor seating and extend the hours of operation at an existing restaurant.
Details & Issues of Interest:

– Charlie’s on the Avenue was previously approved for the corner lot at 1501 Mt. Vernon Avenue- the application proposes expanding outdoor dining, as well as a staff review of accessory outdoor games, outdoor cooking, and the need for off-site parking arrangements, at two adjacent lots- 1503 and 1505 Mt. Vernon Avenue.

– Hours of operation: Indoor: 7 AM to 1 AM, daily; Outdoor: 7 AM to 11 PM, daily

– Proposed seating: 76 indoor, 124 outdoor (200 total)

– Proposed entertainment: Indoor limited live entertainment; Limited outdoor games (ex. cornhole)

– Approved SUP removed restrictions on number of outdoor games in staff report, replacing condition language with “outdoor games shall be ancillary to the primary use as a restaurant”

– Outdoor music and speakers will be allowed on site, at levels in accordance with the City’s noise ordinance, with the requirement that no amplified noise shall be audible at the property line after 9:00 PM

– Two speakers provided testimony, supporting the application

Item: Augie’s Mussel House & Patio – 1106 & 1108 King Street
Action: 4-3 vote to accept Planning Commission recommendation, with amendment to outdoor speakers and music provisions (more below)
Next Steps: The restaurant is already open and operating
Description: Request for Special Use Permit amendment to add indoor and outdoor seating, add outdoor live entertainment, extend hours of operation, and delete a condition requiring 15 off-street parking spaces at an existing restaurant.
Details & Issues of Interest:

– Augie’s Mussel House & Patio was previously approved through an administrative change of ownership SUP

– Expanded indoor hours of operation: 7 AM to 2 AM, daily

– Expanded outdoor seating: 7 AM – 11 PM, Sun-Weds; 7 AM -1 AM Thurs-Sat, with seating cleared at closing time

– Increase of both indoor and outdoor seats for a total of 226

– Proposed entertainment: Indoor limited live entertainment; Limited outdoor games (ex. cornhole), speakers and live music

– Approved SUP removed restrictions on number of outdoor games, replacing condition language with “outdoor games shall be ancillary to the primary use as a restaurant”

– Removes the off-street parking space requirement

– Outdoor music, speakers and televisions will be allowed on site, at levels in accordance with the City’s noise ordinance, with the requirement that no amplified noise shall be audible at the property line after 9:00 PM

– 10 speakers provided testimony, ranging from full support to concerns about noise, hours of operation and number of seats

Item: 1200 North Henry Street Development Approvals 
Action: 6-0 vote to approve the Master Plan Amendment, Rezoning, Development Special Use Permit and related approvals as recommended by the Planning Commission with clarifications on developer contributions (more below)
Next Steps: The project will proceed to site plan review, with construction anticipated in 2019
Description: Proposal to construct a 7-story mixed use building with 115 residential apartment units, ground floor retail and daycare uses in the Braddock Metro neighborhood, on a site currently home to low-rise warehouse buildings.
Details & Issues of Interest:

– The new 7-story mixed-use building will include:

– 115 multifamily residential apartment units (including 11 affordable units)

– 17,000 square feet of ground floor retail

– 10,000 square foot day care facility

– The development includes 2 levels of below-grade parking and one off-street loading space internal to the building

– Both the parking garage and loading space will have access from the future N. Fayette Street extension to be completed with future development of the adjacent property to the west, Braddock Gateway Phase III

– The proposal also includes open space in the form of a publicly accessible, ground level park/plaza and a private rooftop amenity space to serve the residents of the building

– The Council spent significant time discussing two outstanding issues:

– contribution for public benefits tied to bonus density- applicant argued contributions were not required, staff argued that they are

– contribution based on gross SF or net SF; staff argued for the former, applicant for the latter

– Ultimately, City Council and the applicant reached a compromise resulting in a developer contribution of $479,132 in 2018 dollars- using gross SF calculation on FAR density, and excluding contributions on bonus density and daycare density

– The applicant also agreed to a voluntary contribution of $263,583 at certificate of occupancy to the affordable housing trust fund

– Five speakers, including a representative of the applicant provided testimony ranging from full support to concerns about building height and the need for park improvements to existing open space across N Henry Street

Land use items we are tracking in October:

– Development SUP & related approvals for the conversion of 699 Prince Street and 114 South Washington Street into a boutique hotel

– Rezoning of 1, 11, 44, 66 and 99 Canal Center Plaza

– Development SUP for the Parker-Gray Stadium Modernization at T.C. Williams High School

– Master Plan Amendment & CDD Amendment for 2000 North Beauregard Street residential building

Weigh in on these issues!

Contact the Planning Commission – PlanComm@alexandriava.gov
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