Akiva Reich, left, and his lawyer at Monday evening's CB6 Permits And Licenses meeting
Reich, together with his lawyer, presented his plans to Community Board 6's Permits And Licences Committee this past Monday evening. The 10,000 square foot space will accommodate 157 patrons, there will be 22 tables and two bars. According to the application, the venue will be open 6 days a week until 2 AM, from May to November.
Until recently, the lot was used as a food truck parking space. In the past few weeks, Reich and his partners have erected a new fence around it and are busy getting ready to open. A BBQ cart is already parked on the lot.
Reich maintained that he had posted notices regarding his liquor application along Union Street and Bond Street, but the address mentioned in the flyer is for the Green building itself. The notice does not indicate that it was for the open lot next door.
Members of the committee expressed concern regarding sufficient notification to neighboring residents, given the size of the venue. No one representing the community attended Monday night's meeting, but a local resident had reached out to CB6 manager Craig Hammerman the day of the meeting asking for the committee to delay a vote since many residents, including those from The Mill and The Satori, two large condominium buildings, had not been informed.
The Committee also questioned if the venue would get the approval from the local police precinct for a sound permit. Some of its members also mentioned the noise complaints generated by "The Gowanus Grove", a similar venue which operated on a lot two blocks away on Carroll Street at the canal two years ago.
At the end, the Committee voted 4 against 4 to disapprove the license. Since there was a tie, the matter will be decided at the general Board meeting on May 13th.