The expansion proposal was to meet demand by nonprofits for an event venue and for gatherings such as anniversary and other celebrations, she said.
Some neighbors supported the Wards and the expansion, while several others complained about loud music and traffic. One claimed the operation had turned once peaceful weekends into a “nightmare.”
The venue opened in 2014. The Wards and the neighbors earlier were before the appeals board in December and January about neighbor complaints. The board then voted to allow the business to continue under a conditional use permit but tabled the request to expand days of operation for eight months. Board members urged the owners to work with the unhappy neighbors on resolving concerns.
Board member Kevin McDonald said Sept. 20 he had hoped following discussions at the earlier meetings about efforts to reduce noise and neighbors attempting to work together that the board would have heard a different tone.
“I was hoping … with 34 weddings behind us, we would have more of a positive reaction from the audience,” he said.
The appeal states it is based on “questions of law and fact.” The appeal was assigned to Judge Christopher Gee.
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