When the BZA approved the variance needed to open the combined church, tattoo parlor and music venue in an industrially zoned district at
One of the conditions of the variance was that the church return to the BZA in six months to report whether it was handling noise, security and crowd issues properly. Bostick said the church had to retain an architect to properly design the interior of the building. That wasn't done until March, but the design is complete and the church is getting bids for the work, she said.
Planning and Zoning Administrator
Bostick said the church wants to use the site until it outgrows it. The building can hold 221 people, and Vellutini said the parking lot for the building already is full. Bostick said the church has an agreement to use the parking lot when it is not being used by other businesses. Meyers said church officials originally said they expected the building to serve about three years, but no deadline was set for when they would have to move.
Bostick said the plan is, once the church outgrows the building, to continue to use it for retail space and the tattoo parlor. Board member
The music events and the tattoo parlor are part of the church's mission to reach out to people, officials said in December. The music events will feature local and national touring bands, and the church will be soundproofed. A zero tolerance policy against the use of alcohol, drugs and fighting would be in effect.
About 30 people attended the meeting to protest a request by
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