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New Bar for Craby Joe's Space Delayed by Improper Filing

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at 01:34PM
Craby Joe's Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Haven Lounge is proposed to take the space at 656 S. Main that was previously occupied by Craby Joe's, a 1930s dive that closed at the end of 2007.

Proposed Historic Core bar Haven Lounge received an expensive delay today, as applicant Fairfax Partners was told it had filed the wrong application.

The venue, slated for 7th and Main, is trying to open in the space that formerly housed 1930's dive Craby Joe's.

Assistant Zoning Administrator Sue Chang told applicant Fairfax Partners that it needed to file a Conditional Use Permit application, rather than simply a Plan Approval.

Applicant's representative Kate Bartolo said today that the Planning department had told her that the Plan Approval was the proper course.

Bartolo said this afternoon that her client is "evaluating his options," but that the change is "concerning for him."

Should Fairfax choose to refile, the delay could be lengthy. Haven's Plan Approval case was filed on March 19, and took five months to reach the hearing stage. A Conditional Use Permit case would likely see at least the same delay to reach a hearing.

Fairfax has been paying rent on the space at 656 S. Main since May.

Bartolo emphasized that nightlife operators play an important role in attracting other retailers, including the recent growth of fashion retail in the Historic Core. "They are coming in because Historic Downtown is drawing in their demographic," she said.

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