While the local music community is bubbling with anticipation for in-the-works local music venue Fulton 55, not all the club’s neighbors are happy.
Fulton 55 — scheduled to open in December at the corner of Fulton and Divisadero streets — has drawn the ire of some neighboring churches, who have filed complaints about the venue opening close to them.
Ultimately, a planning commission meeting on Dec. 1 (it was originally scheduled for last week) will make the call.
But first, Fulton 55 is inviting the community to an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Iron Bird Cafe . Venue management will go over its plans and answer questions from the community.
Is it just me, or does all this all sound a little too similar to the controversy that surrounded the Neighborhood Thrift mural?
UPDATE: Ranee Johnson, co-owner of Wildrose Chapel & Funeral Home, located diagonal from Fulton 55, is one of its opposers. She says the club will bring too many people and cars to a neighborhood that cannot accommodate them.
Chief among her concerns were parking, safety, the club being open until 2 a.m. and alcohol being served. She cited Salvation Army and Evangel Home as other nearby business that share the same concerns.
She also said her chapel sometimes hosts viewings in the evenings. But she often came to parking as an issue, explaining that people would have to park and walk to Fulton 55 and that the area wasn’t the safest.
“I have a single daughter who likes to go to these things and I certainly wouldn’t want her walking two or three blocks on city streets to get to these events,” Johnson said.
She said she has already filed a written complaint with the city, and plans to attend Wednesday’s meeting.