00-0735R

RESOLUTION GRANTING A RENEWAL OF A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO RICHARD WILLIAMS FOR A PRIVATELY OWNED AND OPERATED COMMUNITY CENTER IN A RESIDENTIAL ZONE FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 101 WEST PEARY STREET.

BY PRESIDENT GILBERT:

WHEREAS, Richard L. Williams has submitted to the city council a request for renewal of a special use permit for a privately owned and operated community building in a residential zone for property located at 101 West Peary Street; and

WHEREAS, the city council did, on November 21, 1994, adopt Resolution No. 94-0971, conditionally granting a special use permit for said community building and on January 16, 1996, did adopt Resolution No. 96-0005 conditionally renewing, for a period of five years, the special use permit; and

WHEREAS, said permit application was duly referred to the city planning commission for a study, report and public hearing, and the city planning commission has subsequently reported its approval to the city council; and

WHEREAS, the approval was made because of the city planning commission's findings that appropriate safeguards will exist to protect the comprehensive plan and to conserve and to protect property values in the neighborhood if conditions are observed.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the special use permit granted to Richard Williams to allow for the operation of a privately owned and operated community building located at 101 West Peary Street is hereby renewed on the following conditions:

(a) That the allowable uses within the privately operated community building shall include: social hall, meeting room, classroom, receptions area, kitchen and dining area, with the following conditions:
(1) The permit is issued for a period of five years, from the effective date of this resolution, following which renewal may be petitioned for and considered based on the performance of the terms of this permit;

(2) The following uses shall be permitted to be conducted within the basement level only of the building: social hall, meeting room, classroom and receptions;

(3) That no alcohol of any type be permitted on the premises;

(4) That the hours of operation be limited to 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays;

(5) That the premises not be used for any other commercial use;

(6) That the signage be limited to the existing masonry display reader panel located on the corner of the property.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution renews, for a period of five years, a special use permit issued to Richard L. Williams in November 1994, for a privately owned and operated community building in a residential zone for property located at 101 West Peary Street.

The former House of Hope Church is privately owned and utilized as a private multiple residence. The owner has made the basement of the church available for various functions, such as community meetings, dance classes, receptions, dinners, etc. The basement has 4,000 sq. ft. of floor area. The site also has a capacity for 25 off-street parking spaces.

The planning commission unanimously approved this resolution at its October 25, 2000, meeting.

In making their recommendation on this request the commission found that this former church provides a "community facility" which are limited in the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood. In the past six years this facility has provided meeting space for singles groups, gamblers anonymous, dance instruction and private parties and also serves as a storm shelter for Vintage Acres.

The applicant has maintained and improved the property since the initial permit was issued.

The continued application of the conditions of the two previous permit resolutions will continue to protect property values and the integrity of the neighborhood.
 
Date Filed: September 28, 2000 Action Deadline: November 27, 2000