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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Not enough bathroom stalls?

Kevin shares the bad news that the 305 South Anti-Mall is closing next week.

Here's the rub:
The music/performance space at 305 South has been closed since mid-May after the City of Durham determined the establishment needed a minimum number of bathroom stalls. The facility has operated as a 'furniture store and art gallery' since the venue shut down for live shows earlier this year.

Do you mean to tell me that the City couldn't figure out a way for the Lee's to keep the performance space open with a temporary variance? It's not like that area of Dillard St. is busting out with thriving businesses that were being hurt by 305 South. Or is it the city's philosophy that only American Tobacco Campus-like venues deserve the city's support, financially and otherwise?

Most of the time, i think the city is doing a decent job in supporting new business growth in town. But this is a ball that got dropped big time.

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  • as i understand it, temporary variances only get granted if there are actual plans to remediate the problem. they didnt foresee having enough money to add that many bathrooms, ever (especially since they don't own the building). so, it would have had to have been a permanent variance.

    meanwhile, i hear the strip club is still open. maybe we can get the owner to have live music there, in between drug sales.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:32 AM  

  • really? the city has no programs to help business owners starting up in economically distressed parts of town? how many bathroom stalls are we talking about anyway? 5? 8?

    Cat's Cradle has a capacity about twice what 305 South had. There's 5 stalls in the men's room, two of which haven't worked in 5 years, and a 12 foot trough. i assume the women's room has about 8 stalls.

    as i recall, 305 south had a couple of stalls, maybe 3, in the men's room.

    assuming that the bathrooms were really the reason for shutting down the music space, this is pretty stupid.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 11:59 AM  

  • The city does have matching funds programs for improving facilities like that. But I imagine there was quite a bit more to it than that. For one thing, I think the Lees were stretched so thin from the rest of the businesses that applying for city funds like that probably seemed like too big a hurdle.

    By Blogger Michael Bacon, at 10:24 PM  

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