Northeast Times

Piano's the right note for Bustleton

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Mem­bers of the Great­er Bustleton Civic League have voted not to op­pose pi­ano play­ing in a Grant Av­en­ue res­taur­ant or the ex­pan­sion of a Krewstown Road church build­ing.

After listen­ing to sev­er­al polit­ic­al can­did­ates make their pitches for sup­port in the up­com­ing elec­tion, mem­bers voted to back a zon­ing vari­ance ap­plic­a­tion for Randi’s res­taur­ant on Grant Av­en­ue that would per­mit pi­ano play­ing on the premises.

An in­spect­or from the city’s De­part­ment of Li­censes & In­spec­tions had told Randi’s own­ers that they needed the vari­ance be­cause the city’s code didn’t al­low a pi­ano in an es­tab­lish­ment that doesn’t have a “cab­aret” des­ig­na­tion, which Randi’s didn’t have.

After some dis­cus­sion dur­ing the crowded March 28 civic group ses­sion at the Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on, mem­bers backed the vari­ance al­most un­an­im­ously. Only one per­son voted against the res­taur­ant at 1651 Grant Ave.

The First Ukrain­i­an Evan­gel­ic­al Baptist Church got the league’s sup­port for ex­pan­sion of a build­ing on its prop­erty at 9620 Krewstown Road, al­though many neigh­bors in at­tend­ance said they op­posed it and voted against it.

Those neigh­bors, res­id­ents of Wal­ley and Rising Sun av­en­ues, sub­mit­ted pe­ti­tions against the church’s plans to raise the roof on a build­ing and put in of­fices, a mu­sic room and a stor­age room. A vari­ance is needed be­cause of the prop­erty’s res­id­en­tial zon­ing.

One neigh­bor who spoke be­fore the vote said there was a lot of bad blood between the church’s mem­bers and area res­id­ents. He said neigh­bors were sus­pi­cious of the church’s in­ten­tions and likened it to a so­cial club rather than a re­li­gious or­gan­iz­a­tion. It was a mat­ter of trust, he said, and there wasn’t any.

His ar­gu­ments, however, didn’t sway oth­er mem­bers, and they voted over­whelm­ingly to sup­port the church’s vari­ance ap­plic­a­tion. ••

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