New business prevented from opening
By john guice
People in the community around Broadway street were out in full force in support of a new business. They were protesting that the opening of the store has been delayed.
Drake Patten was set to open her urban farm supply business called Cluck!, in mid-April. She was dealt a blow in court Friday when a judge,after hearing an appeal from some of the neighbors, overturned a zoning variance granted by the city, based on lack of notification.
The Sts. Vartanantz Church also filed an appeal to stop the opening of the store, saying it would create parking problems for their parishioners.
Patten says the church's parking problems has nothing to do with her business.
She says, “this was not a parking space for the church, so if they have a parking issue that needs resolution, that's something they need to tackle,any business that would come in here, would take away the non–permission parking that they were doing here” .
Mayor Angel Taveras also attended the rally and says,he's hopeful there can be a resolution.
Patten hopes to open the business as soon as possible.She's hoping to be get a meeting with the zoning board in May.