Southern Crescent headed for Belmont?
A new French restaurant called Southern Crescent has been proposed for the already restaurant-heavy 800-block of Hinton Avenue in Belmont, but some citizens aren't so sure that's a good idea, according to an April 21 story and a May 4 story, both posted online by public body watchdog group Charlottesville Tomorrow. According to CT, the owners of 814 Hinton Avenue want to rezone their house to become a restaurant, plead their case before the Planning Commission in April, and recently penned an open letter to the neighborhood pleading their case.
The letter points our that the Belmont BBQ space next door was once a residence, and makes the argument that 814 Hinton should be in a defined Hinton Avenue commercial zone.
“We believe that the re-zoning of 814 Hinton Avenue can serve as an essential first step in a comprehensive evaluation of our neighborhood’s future,” writes Andrew Ewell, one of the owners, as well as a writing teacher and guitarist for local rockers American Dumpster.
Want to put in your two cents about the Southern Crescent? The PC will hold a public hearing on the rezoning Tuesday, May 12.