Neighbors Unwelcome Proposed Event Center

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Families expressed their concern to neighborhood leaders tonight about an entertainment venue.

The Wichita City Council has a request regarding the conditional use to permit a "Nightclub-Event Center" at the northeast corner of 33rd St. North and Arkansas.

"I think that the homeowners are most concerned that there's going to be what is kind of titled a 'Nightclub.' I know it's a conditional use that would only be used on the weekends, but there are a lot of children in that community and the parents are very concerned about the additional traffic and noise," said Laurie Walker, operations director for Wichita Habitat for Humanity.

The proposed event center would be located north of a 42-home housing area that was developed by Wichita Habitat for Humanity. It would also be located within 300 ft. of the new Ortiz Elementary School on the southwest corner of that intersection.

"Concerned about people trying to avoid the cops, driving through and drinking and driving through our neighborhood. Kinda concerned with the noise. Concerned with lighting a little bit because I'm worried that's going to bring in some crime," said Mindy Tan, concerned mother.

The vacant building was a grocery store for a short period of time. The tenants say they signed a give-year lease on the building and want to open an event center venue that would serve alcohol and operate during the weekends.

The proposed hours of operation are Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"You've got a gentleman who's looking to try to use it on a limited basis, but the introduction of alcohol introduces a nuisance factor," said Bill Longnecker, senior planner for the City of Wichita.

Those concerns were echoed by the families who came out to voice their concern in front of the District Advisory Board meeting tonight.

"Most of the families who come into our program, that's their biggest concern is creating stability for their children and they're concerned that this might disrupt that to some degree," said Walker.

The Wichita City Council will consider the proposal at Tuesday's meeting.


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