The Planning and Zoning Board on April 21 unanimously approved construction of a 1,176-square-foot addition with 23 more parking spaces to Pop's Restaurant at 134 Old Gate Lane.
The 4,000-square-foot restaurant was constructed in 2013 on the 1.44-acre property with 103 seats and 54 parking spaces.
Owner and operator Gus Grigoriadis filed the application under the name of Jive LLC, which lists his home address of 442 Woodruff Road as a business address.
On Sept. 23, 2014, Jive LLC purchased the adjacent 0.78-acre property at 142 Old Gate Lane for $300,000 and demolished an existing single-family house that was being used as an office. Since that purchase, restaurant patrons have been using the gravel area as a parking lot. Both properties are zoned Industrial District (ID).
At the April 21 meeting, engineer Ronald Wassmer said the 24-foot by 94-foot addition would be constructed at the rear of the building, allowing for 36 new seats at the restaurant.
Wassmer said 25 new parking spaces would be created in the lot at 142 Old Gate Lane. He said this totals 77 spaces, while 70 spaces are required. Two existing spaces will be lost to the driveway connecting the two parking lots.
The driveway at 142 Old Gate Lane will be closed off and the sidewalk will be reconstructed, said Wassmer. Based on a recommendation from the Police Commission, the project includes installing “No Parking” signs on both sides of Old Gate Lane from addresses 100 to 202.
Board members commented on the tight parking at the restaurant, while also complimenting Grigoriadis on a successful business.
Board vice chair Jeanne Cervin said she drove by the restaurant the day of the meeting, saying there were 15 cars in the new parking lot, even without the addition.
“I was shocked at how full the parking lot was,” said Cervin. “I was very glad to see the other lot was going to be used for parking.”
Cervin asked if a walkway could be designated to guide pedestrians from the new parking lot to the building. Based on the request, Wassmer said the project would include a sidewalk.
Commenting on the business, Board Chairman Benjamin Gettinger said, “Anyone that has driven by knows how popular Pop's is. We thank you for everything you have done for the community.”
The original project was initially denied by a 4-4 tie vote at the board's May 1, 2012 vote due to concerns about insufficient parking. The project required a waiver for the required 10-foot buffer zone on both sides of the building, to 4 feet, 6 inches on one side and 8 feet on the other side to help provide parking spaces.
Based on a second look at how it calculates parking (excluding the basement area), the board revisited the proposal at its May 15, 2012 meeting and approved construction of the restaurant by a 6-2 vote. With its 2012 approval, the board denied a request to use a patio area overlooking the Indian River for outdoor seating.
In other business, the board unanimously approved an 8-24 referral for the sale of 71 Ardmore Road, which the city acquired through foreclosure. The approval is a recommendation that moves to the Board of Aldermen at its May 4 meeting for final action.
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