Zoning denied for proposed Uptown live music venue and bar

Zoning for a proposed live music venue and bar along NW 23 in Uptown was unanimously denied by the Oklahoma City Planning Commission over concerns about parking and the possibility the venue would allow under-age patrons access to alcohol.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: February 27, 2014
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Zoning for a proposed live music venue and bar along NW 23 in Uptown was unanimously denied by the Oklahoma City Planning Commission over concerns about parking and the possibility the venue would allow underage patrons access toalcohol.

The applicant, Jerod Miller, previously obtained four continuances on his application being heard as nearby business owners and neighbors in Jefferson Park and Heritage Hills filed protests with the city. He did not return calls to The Oklahoman on Thursday.

Miller’s application sought to obtain zoning for live music and alcohol sales at 415, 417 and 421 NW 23.

The property has no parking and Miller told planning staffers he sought to allow patrons 18 to 21 years old into the venue, while providing alcohol to those over 21.

Planning Commission Chairman John Yoeckel said he received a call from Miller two hours before Thursday’s meeting asking for a fifth continuance. Yoeckel told Miller he would have to appear at the meeting to ask for the continuance.

About two dozen neighbors of the proposed venue were at Thursday’s hearing to protest the zoning.

“I told him today would be the day his case would be heard,” Yoeckel said. “More important in my mind was how vague he was in what he wanted to do. He didn’t have a plan on how many days he wanted to operate. He said he might have the bar open every night when not having music, but he didn’t know.”

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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