Cut­ting things fine

Park­ing short­fall a risk to bar­ber­shop bar

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - Ju­lian Wright

AN ap­pli­ca­tion for a bar­ber and small bar at 559 Beaufort Street in Mt Law­ley may get the chop by City of Vin­cent coun­cil­lors tonight.

The City has re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion for the speakeasy-in­spired devel­op­ment on the sub­urb’s main strip, which pro­poses the front por­tion op­er­ate as a four-seat bar­ber shop and the back sec­tion as a small bar with a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 100 peo­ple.

But an 18 park­ing bay short­fall could lead to the ap­pli­ca­tion be­ing re­jected by the coun­cil, de­spite the pro­posal be­ing an “ac­cept­able use of the site”.

It is pro­posed the roof out the back be re­moved and re­placed with a canopy over a pro­posed al­fresco area and in­ter­nal al­ter­ations to in­clude three toi­lets, a cool room, kitchen, bar, a seat­ing area, an in­ter­nal lift and an of­fice.

Speak­ing at the coun­cil brief­ing ses­sion on Au­gust 14, ap­pli­cant Tommy Lum said he hoped to get the busi­ness go­ing in the area that he had lived in for many years.

He said the liquor li­cens­ing process had al­ready been long and costly and the en­tire project so far had cost $250,000.

The ap­pli­ca­tion did not re­ceive any ob­jec­tions when it was ad­ver­tised to prop­er­ties within a 150m ra­dius.

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