Thursday, July 15, 2004

Objections from neighbors put kibosh on outdoor bar and grill

Blue Ash Council says no to plan by Crossgate Lanes

By Zachary Fox
Enquirer contributor

BLUE ASH - City Council has rejected a bid by Crossgate Lanes to build an outdoor bar and grill area.

Before the recent 6-0 vote, 16 residents and workers from the area objected to the revised development plan, citing concerns of noise, increased traffic and problems that could come from the sale of alcohol.

"Approving this modification would send this community in the wrong direction," said David Gerard, president of the St. Andrews Homeowners Association.

Crossgate Lanes researched installing an outdoor bar/grill because bowling is most popular as a wintertime activity, said Ron Bedinghaus, president of Crossgate Lanes.

More than half of the complaints against the bar were from doctors from the nearby BridgePointe Psychological Counseling Services, which employs about 30 doctors. Because the offices are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., the doctors thought that the noise from the bar's entertainment would affect their business, and the number of people who were served alcohol could lead to problems, said Dr. Nancy Stella, president of BridgePointe.

Bedinghaus and Larry Norris, the architect in charge of designing the bar, said they would limit entertainment to solo performers to keep the noise level down. But the council still rejected the proposal, citing "grave concerns" over the possible problems caused by the bar's proximity to residential areas.

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