Matthew Oliver Maddy Denied by Community Board 2
Posted on: July 6th, 2010 at 6:35 am by Elie
Ladies and gentlemen, the gavel has fallen, and the verdict is now in regarding the proposed restaurant-slash-bar at 168 Elizabeth Street. A reader wrote to inform us that Community Board 2 voted unanimously against Matthew Oliver Maddy at its full board meeting on June 17.
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As first reported here in early June, Matthew Maddy is currently eyeing the basement of 168 Elizabeth as an additional location for his No. 7 franchise (a laundromat operates on the ground floor). On the face, the proposal seems simple enough – the restaurant would include 10 tables (25 seats) and 1 small bar (6 stools), with no garden dining for at least the first year. Maximum legal capacity would be 42 persons.
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However, digging deeper, his plan is plagued with pitfalls. The following are some issues raised by the board [PDF]:
- “The community and CB2 have great concern about the noise in the courtyard/backyard garden if this applicant is given a license to use this space.”
- “The current certificate of occupancy, dated December 27, 1989, does not show permissible use of basement space nor does it offer a legal capacity.”
- “There is no record of applications to the NYC DOB to alter the use of the proposed premise from accessory cellar use, therefore requiring an updated C of O.”
- “The current entrance to this establishment is a hatch in the sidewalk in front of a laundromat that would certainly not comply with the American Disability Act.”
- “This basement space has never had an SLA license before.”
- “This applicant is within 200 feet of the Lshing Shuneikai Church.”
- “This applicant had done insufficient community outreach and must reach out to local residents and organizations to thoroughly explain and address their concerns.”
- “This applicant has chosen a location that has just received 6 new SLA licenses in the last 365 days within 500 feet, and more specifically, is within 500 feet of 25 licensed premises, 11 restaurants with OP licenses, 6 bars with OP licenses, and 8 restaurants with Beer and Wine licenses.”
The case will now be punted to the SLA for consideration. Stay tuned.
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