Yes, there has been revolution in Egypt. They’re building a replacement for the 520 bridge. Probably going to tunnel downtown, too. And a giant earthquake and tsunami hit Japan with historically awful force. And, yes, a date has been set for the Volunteer Park Cafe public meeting on its application for a change of use to continue operating its bustling restaurant at the corner of 17th and Galer:
Address: 1501 17TH AVE E
Zone: ARTERIAL WITHIN 100 FT., SINGLE FAMILY 5000
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is currently reviewing the application described below and will hold a public meeting to gather comments on the project.
Project Description: Land Use Application to allow the change of use from general retail sales and service to restaurant (Volunteer Park Cafe).
The project requires the following approvals:
* Administrative Conditional Use to change from one non-conforming use to another.
A copy of the plans and other application materials are available at the DPD Public Resource Center, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000 (206) 684-8467. The Public Resource Center is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
A public meeting to review this application will be held on April 25, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the:
Stevens Elementary School Cafeteria
1242 18th Avenue East
Written and/or oral comments may be submitted at the meeting.
This facility is accessible. Print and communication access available on request. Please contact the Public Resource Center (206) 684-8467 as soon as possible to request accommodation for a disability.
CHS lists those moments of history and nature’s power not to belittle the situation around Volunteer Park Cafe but to acknowledge that, yes, there are larger stories to be told. We think this little story is important, though, as it captures some key themes of Capitol Hill living: vibrant streets, density, individual freedom, greater good. It also will directly impact the people who run the business and live nearby the cafe. And we have no guess as to how it will play out.