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7/31/2013 12:01:00 AM
Planning Commission to hold hearing on possible new restaurant

A new restaurant may be arriving in downtown Harbor Springs. The Harbor Springs Planning Commission has a public hearing on the proposal scheduled for Thursday, August 15.

According to Harbor Springs city manager, Tom Richards, a Special Land Use application was submitted for the former Pooter Olooms property (the melon colored building along the curve on State Street).

"The property is zoned with a restaurant option," Richards said. He noted that while it is an allowed use, it is still required to visit Planning Commission, who will look at whether the proposed restaurant fits with its neighbors, if it will have enough parking, and what the overall impact will be-- all things that are part of any Special Land Use permit.

"The application does not require listing what kind of restaurant it will be," Richards said. "I've heard bakery, speciality foods, and maybe a wood-fire oven. But none of that is part of the Special Land Use application."

The public hearing will take place at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers at Harbor Springs City Hall on August 15. A public hearing on a proposed ordinance for permitting and regulating "temporary outdoor displays of merchandise" for businesses in the Central Business District will also be held at the same time.

A copy of the Special Land Use application and the proposed ordinance are available for viewing at city hall.

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