A usually sleepy Wichita District Advisory Board meeting was quite active last night, according to KSN News in its story Large protest at a usually quiet city meeting.
The issue is a proposed restaurant or sports bar near Douglas and Oliver. Some background from the neighborhood association is at Crown Heights residents not happy with city’s process. The DAB — a neighborhood city council advisory board — voted to approve the application. Next, the issue could be heard on appeal by the Wichita City Council.
Crown Heights and College Hill are currently in city council district 2, represented by Wichita City Council Member Pete Meitzner. But that will change. When new city council districts take effect very soon, these neighborhoods will be represented by Wichita City Council Member Lavonta Williams. She may — she hasn’t declared publicly — be running for re-election next February.
In October the council considered a conditional use permit for an events center in north Wichita. Some of the same concerns were expressed in that case. The city council overturned the recommendation of the planning commission, and the permit was denied on an unanimous vote. See CON2012-00031 – City Conditional Use request for a Nightclub Event Center on LC Limited Commercial (“LC”) zoned property; generally located on the northeast corner of 33rd Street North and Arkansas Avenue. (District VI).