San Carlos will be home to a downtown cocktail bar and a gym slated for a warehouse space on the city’s east side after two separate sets of plans submitted to the city’s Planning Commission got the green light in recent weeks.
Expected to replace the dry cleaning business Jin’s Cleaners at 765 Laurel St., a proposal to operate a piano bar and lounge offering high-end cocktails earned approval from the Planning Commission Monday.
Situated just south of Frank D. Harrington Park, the single-story building where the business has been proposed would receive interior improvements and a new facade under the plans submitted by applicant Kevin Canfield. Equipped with a 6-inch podium for musical performances, a 250-square-foot bar as well as tables and banquette seating, the bar will feature space for live entertainment and a lounge, according to a staff report.
The bar is expected to be open Sunday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. with one to two bartenders, a bar-back and a security guard working at the business each night, according to the report.
Required to provide eight parking spaces, the applicant plans to pay $143,488 in parking in-lieu fees to the city. As a condition of approval, the applicant is also required to close windows and doors at 10 p.m. each night to comply with the city’s noise ordinance.
The Planning Commission also approved a conditional use permit allowing Rev Fitness to offer personal training and fitness classes at a warehouse space at 930 Commercial St. previously used by Abbey Carpet for storage. Though his business currently operates as Core Total Fitness in a shared space at 969 Industrial Road, applicant Elliott Spear said at the commission’s June 17 meeting that the move into the 7,200-square-foot space marks an opportunity for his business to expand.
Spear’s business would share the building with Galleher Corporation, which uses the space for warehouse use, and the 1.7-acre lot where the 14,400-square-foot building currently stands holds another commercial building.
“We’ve loved being part of the community and hope to continue doing so as we expand into this new facility,” said Spear, according to a video of the meeting.
By offering boutique-style classes, the business is expected to draw no more than 40 people at a time with three employees at its busiest hours, said city planner Lisa Costa Sanders. Because the business plans to create two on-site bicycle parking spaces, two motorcycle parking spots and two accessible parking spaces, the 46 parking spaces currently provided on the site were deemed sufficient for the new use, explained Sanders.
Sanders said Rockin’ Jump at 401 Quarry Road and PongPlanet at 848 Brittan Ave. are among the other recreational uses that have more recently been approved in the city’s industrial zones.
In response to Commissioner Jim Iacoponi’s question about whether the business would consider expanding its hours from the 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. as currently proposed to a 24-hour model, Spear said he doesn’t plan on keeping the business open 24 hours due to safety concerns.
As owner of the building, Tony Bollock, president of Black Mountain Properties, said he was pleased to work with Spear, who was a previous tenant of the company. Bollock said he felt Spear’s business could meet demand for a high-quality, membership-based fitness facility, noting it may fall into a sort of middle ground between 24 Hour Fitness, which is more affordable, and some of the higher-end, expensive clubs on the Peninsula.
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