By Mary O’KEEFE
The revocation of the condition use permit for The Mix at 2612 Honolulu Ave. was the topic on Wednesday during a hearing of the city of Glendale planning department.
The bar, which allows public dancing and billiards, was closed on Feb. 25, 2010 after it received a license suspension by the State Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC). The suspension was a violation against its conditional use permit that had been issued in 2005.
Nearby residents told Wolfgang Krause, principal planner, of the bar’s noise issues
as well as the traffic problems
on streets like nearby Sycamore
The general complaint about the bar was the clientele who appeared to continue the party in local neighborhoods long after the establishment would close down at 2 a.m.
One resident complained of people leaving the bar and urinating on the street and lawns.
Another told the planner of the strong odor of smoke that came from the building.
“The doors would be left open, I guess because the smoke was so thick inside,” she said.
She added this was after the smoking ordinance was passed by the city.
“We would love to have a restaurant there,” she said. “I would encourage the [owner] to get a business that would attract the neighbors.”
Krause asked several questions concerning the history of the bar’s clientele and the complaints. He also inquired if the problems would continue if the business remained a bar and billiards establishment.
“[With this] business model, if there is dancing and billiards and alcohol I can guarantee you the neighbors are going to have the same problem. It is the nature of the [business],” said Lt. Stephen Davey, Glendale police.
Davey told Krause of his experience with the bar during its present management and in the past with other operators.
“There is a unique issue with a bar in Montrose, those that [had been drinking] would try to avoid the [police] by driving through alleyways and drive through smaller [neighborhood] streets,” Davey said.
The property owner, Mike Ferraro, was present at the hearing and said he was willing to work with the neighbors if another establishment would be allowed in the building.
Krause said he would take the revocation under submission. A decision is expected in 15 days.