Land Use Meeting: Meridian Kessler Private Kitchen

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A land use meeting / liquor license review has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 pm in the Cafe Patachou Corporate Office located directly behind the Sinking Ship at 49th and College Ave.  

The committee will be reviewing a proposal from Cafe Patachou for a new venture being proposed at 4911 Pennsylvania St.

The specific uses described as "Private event space and culinary showroom" require a variance of use to be included in a C3 commercial district.  We will also be discussing an application for a 3-way liquor license for MKPK.   Martha Hoover, owner of Patachou, describes this new enterprise as follows:




MKPK is located in the original space occupied by Cafe Patachou from 1989 until four years ago when the cafe relocated to "the corner". MKPK is a chef and kitchen inspired private event space and culinary showroom. MKPK offers flexible private entertaining space centered around an open kitchen visible from a relaxed yet refined dining space. Perfect for both personal or professional  entertaining needs including baby or wedding showers, rehearsal dinners, small upscale weddings, adult birthday or cocktail parties, corporate events ranging from holiday get togethers, board of director meetings or team building exercises , and small group fundraising events. MKPK's staff will customize  menus to meet the client's vision and budget. The event space will have at its core an exceptional food based experience with custom menus and an on-site chef cooking in real time. Itsthe perfect at-home experience without the imperfect pre or post party hassles. MKPK will accommodate 50 people for sit-down events, and up to 75 for stand-up events. A full bar is necessary for the economic operation of this concept. 

MKPK is not a restaurant with set open/close hours opened to the public. MKPK is not a bar. MKPK is a unique business that is only open for customer's private events whether they be personal life-cycle events or corporate business related events. 


Neighbors are encouraged to attend and hear the proposal and share their opinions!



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8/29/2013 Land Use Meeting Minutes

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The land use committee convened at the Womack Memorial CME Church to discuss three cases filed during the month of August.  Present were David Gorden, Eileen Hack, Justin Kingen, Mary Owens and Robin Anderson.  Pending Cases are as follows:


1)  4257 Guilford Ave. filed by Dr. Jacqueline Carroll-McFarland on behalf of Liberation Ministries.  Rezoning of a residential property to SE (Special Exception) for church-related services.  8 neighbors living nearby attended and expressed their opposition to the rezoning primarily due to the lack of parking on Guilford St.  This is a narrow street with parking allowed on one side.  Recent services held at this property have caused problems for neighbors finding parking in front of their residences (most do not have driveways and many are elderly).  Church services have been held at this address during most of 2013 and neighbors have filed complaints with zoning enforcement.  Given that there is no off-street parking available for this use, the committee recommends denial of the petition. 

**NOTE: The Board of Zoning appeals DENIED this petition at their meeting on Tuesday, 9/17.


2)  5332-5334 N. Delaware St. – Variance of development standards filed by the property owner (Rardon) for a 3 ft. rear yard setback (minimum 5 feet) to construct a 42 ft. x 20 ft. 4 car garage.  (Justin Kingen recused himself for this discussion.)  Mr. Rardon has owned this property, a double residence, for several years and he and his wife live in one side of the double.  The existing driveways would remain and permeable pavement will replace the garage apron to help with drainage.  They also plan to use up to 5 rain barrels to capture rain from the larger roof area.  Most garages also are positioned within the rear setback in this area.  No neighbors are opposed and the committee recommends approval of the petition.


3)  4353 N. Washington Blvd. – Variance of development standards filed by Jeffrey and Andrea Pierson for a five-foot north side setback to allow for a second floor exterior entrance to a garage (seven feet required).  Mr. Pierson explained that the entrance contemplated would be difficult to see from Washington Blvd. and that there is not adequate space in the garage for internal stairs to access the second floor, in which a home office will be constructed.  Since the stairs will be constructed of wrought iron, would not be visible and the adjacent neighbor is not opposed, the committee recommends approval of the petition.


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