Representatives from the group of neighbors aligned to oppose Volunteer Park Cafe’s application for a critical permit unless the restaurant makes changes in the way it does business tell CHS that the public comment period for the Department of Planning process has been extended until the end of October.
Alle Hall, wife of group spokesperson Cliff Meyer, said that the DPD deadline for public comments has been moved from this Wednesday to October 27 “per a request from a neighbor.” We have not confirmed the new date with DPD. The original bulletin still lists the October 13th date and we can find no new notice posted to the DPD site about the change.
Hall also informed us of the group’s Web site at http://vpneighbors.wordpress.com/ It includes details of their requirements for the cafe and safety and health concerns related to the restaurant’s growth. The site also documents what the group says have been failed attempts to work with the cafe’s owners Ericka Burke and Heather Earnhardt to resolve the situation. We spoke with Meyer and Paul Jones, the neighbor who brought the original complaint to the city against VPC, in this post.
Last week, we examined the cafe’s proposals and the application packet for the change of use from retail to restaurant as well as some of the letters of support VPC has provided to DPD. We’ll also follow up with VPC to ask them about this extension and some of the additional information from the Volunteer Park Neighbors site.