In stapled paper packets arguing against a rezoning request that could lead to the construction of the center, opponents raise concerns of an influx of impaired or inexperienced drivers, noise, bright lights, traffic congestion, decreased property values and degraded quality of life for nearby property owners. In social media posts, including memes and fan art, on
The proposed development, called Movies and More, includes preliminary plans of a 63,000-square-foot building, which would house movie theaters with up to 1,300 seats, laser tag, bowling lanes and an arcade.
It was not immediately clear how many people might turn out for public comment at the meeting.
About three dozen people -- who appeared nearly evenly split in favor of and against the project -- showed up to a community meeting hosted last week by the potential developer,
Since then, about 120 people have signed an online petition urging the council to rezone the land so Movies and More can be constructed. Alternatively, those who do not want the development at that location have several people going door to door in nearby neighborhoods, seeking signatures from like-minded homeowners, said
He did not immediately have information available Thursday on the number of signatures opponents have collected.
Both sides are urging attendance and public comment during the meeting Tuesday.
Although voiced concerns are far-ranging, the two major sticking points appear to be concerns about traffic congestion and alcohol service.
She's not against business or expansion, Hoyt added.
"I don't think it should be built in the middle of a premier neighborhood in
Generally speaking most of the opponents don't take issue with the project, but in locating it in a residential area, Dowling said.
The project could provide a unique opportunity to bring something similar to the popular
"I believe there is an unspoken desire for
Dinger, meanwhile, has been making the rounds on various radio shows, trying to answer questions people have about the project.
"I sympathize with their concerns," he said. "But nothing justifies the fears expressed by the opposition."
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At least two council members,
McIntyre said she spent hours researching the subject, observing traffic at existing theaters and on
Much of it comes down to the fact that the property was originally zoned as commercial, she said. It was changed to multifamily residential for a housing project that fell through, and a vote in favor of rezoning only returns the land to its original purpose, she said.
Garza said he expected a large turnout, come Tuesday.
"In the final analysis, the
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