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Zoning: Grill seeks permit to sell alcohol

By EVE LEBERSON, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 12, 2002

LUTZ: Lutz residents will soon have a new, and closer, place to dine.

Stillwater Grill plans to open its 2,520-square-foot restaurant in the Lutz Lake Crossing shopping plaza under construction at the corner of Lutz-Lake Fern Road and Dale Mabry Highway.

The restaurant will serve salads, sandwiches, pasta and seafood, and plans to offer 10 draft beers, 25 bottled beers and a variety of wines. But because the restaurant would be within 500 feet of a church, it must first get a county permit that would allow beer and wine sales within the county's minimum distance requirement.

The plaza, anchored by Publix, is slated to open this summer.

A land use hearing officer will hear the petition June 21. (Petition 02-0841)

ODESSA: After 10 years of services, Van Dyke United Methodist Church says it's time to expand and replace its sanctuary.

The church, at the corner of Lakeside Drive and Lakeshore Road, has already finished construction on a new multipurpose room and a two-story building for classrooms, a child care center and meeting rooms. Now, the church wants to construct a 27,817-square-foot worship center seating up to 1,187 members. Its current sanctuary seats up to 300.

The church is also seeking permission to construct sidewalks on the opposite side of the street instead of on church property.

A land use hearing officer was to hear the petition Friday. His decision is expected within 15 days.

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A land use hearing officer was also scheduled to hear the following petitions Friday:

ODESSA: New Hope Community Church also wants permission to build a new worship center. Although the church on Lakeside Drive near Dennis Road plans to move its sanctuary to a larger site in the future, it seeks to temporarily alleviate crowding by building a larger sanctuary at its current location. In addition, the church is asking the county to allow it to omit sidewalks from its plans. According to the petition, sidewalk construction would tack on an additional $11,000 to the church's bill. (Petition 02-0444)

St. Timothy's Catholic Church, now under construction on Lakeshore Drive south of Van Dyke Road, also wants the county to allow it to eliminate external sidewalks. (Petition 02-0027)

CARROLLWOOD: Lakeside Townhomes is seeking a variance to the county's sidewalk requirement. In a letter to the county's Planning and Growth Management Department, a representative for the neighborhood argues there is little room for sidewalks in the community off Orange Grove road and they should be excluded from development plans. (Petition 02-0703)

CITRUS PARK: Eckerd Corp. wants a sign at its Gunn Highway and Sheldon Road location that's larger than the county allows. (Petition 02-0669)

WESTCHASE: A land use hearing officer will soon decide if L.A. Ventures can develop an "upscale liquor lounge" in the West Park Village Town Center on Montague Street. According to the petition, the proposed 1,378-square-foot store would lie within the county's 250-foot distance requirement from residential property. (Petition 02-0647)

UNIVERSITY NORTH: No Spoon Cafe wants a permit that would allow beer and wine sales at its 1,980-square-foot restaurant at 1515 E Fletcher Ave. (Petition 02-0646)

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