Northeast Times

In brief: back-and-forth over Finnigan's balconies

City Coun­cil shot down May­or Nut­ter's veto on Finnigan's Wake's plans to build bal­conies over the bar on Spring Garden Street. That might not be the end of the dis­cus­sion, though.

Last Tues­day, May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter ve­toed a con­tro­ver­sial plan to build bal­conies above Spring Garden Street at the Finnigan’s Wake bar and res­taur­ant in North­ern Liber­ties, at 537 N. 3rd St.

On Thursday, however, City Coun­cil over­rode the may­or’s veto and un­an­im­ously passed the bill al­low­ing for the bal­conies. City Pa­per re­por­ted that the North­ern Liber­ties Neigh­bor­hood As­so­ci­ation and Finnigan’s own­ers are plan­ning to meet again on the de­cision.

It was re­por­ted that Nut­ter called the 61-foot bal­conies a “dra­mat­ic ded­ic­a­tion of the pub­lic right-of-way to a primar­ily private use.”

Neigh­bors vehe­mently dis­agreed to the pro­ject: Star re­por­ted in Ju­ly that Mike Driscoll, co-own­er of the bar, had with­drawn a re­quest Ju­ly 6 for $74,000 from the Penn Treaty Spe­cial Ser­vices Dis­trict after news spread that the board had planned to provide the grant to the bar’s own­ers.

The PTSSD board cur­rently re­ceives an an­nu­al sti­pend of about $500,000 from Sug­ar­House casino.

At that time, many loc­als had already ex­pressed con­cerns that the funds would help af­ford the bar and nightclub’s bal­cony plan.

“I’ve nev­er seen people so up­set about something in the North­ern Liber­ties, ever,” said Matt Ruben, pres­id­ent of the NLNA. He said more than 450 people sent emails op­pos­ing the plan dur­ing an on­line cam­paign.

May­or Nut­ter did, however, pass in­to law the bill per­mit­ting the bar to close Bod­ine Street and use it for an out­door din­ing area.

Star Man­aging Ed­it­or Mi­kala Jam­is­on can be reached at 215-354-3113 or at mjam­is­on@bsmphilly.com.

You can reach at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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