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City officials refuse to plan to double Vancouver's iconic The Fountainhead Pub

Staff say the council should reject the proposal, despite the overwhelming business and community support

Fountainhead Pub on Davie street in Vancouver, BC., July 4, 2022.
Fountain Head Pub on Davie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, July 4, 2022. Photo: Arlen Redekop /PNG

Knock down the wall of the adjacent empty space, a symbol of Vancouver The application to double the capacity of a typical fountain head pub was rejected by city officials.

This comes despite a letter from the West End Business Improvement Association that strongly supports the plan and the support of almost 100% of the residents who have responded to the city's demands. increase. comment.

On Tuesday, the city's chief license inspector Sarah Hicks owns to expand the existing pub's 147 seats to 319 by taking over the vacant units since 2020 to the west. We encourage you to disagree with your request. Her suggestion is to increase the number of indoor seats from 111 to 255 and the number of outdoor seats from 36 to 64. Within another 100 meters.

Fountainhead Pub on Davie street in Vancouver, BC., July 4, 2022.
Fountain Head Pub on Davie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, 7 4th of March 2022.Photo: Arlen Redekop /PNG

The city divides liquor licenses into classes 1-6. Fountain Head has a Class 2 license (66-150 seats) and the proposed expansion will be Class 3. The regulations stipulate that no two Class 3 licensed facilities can exist within 100 meters of each other. This is true for Numbers nightclubs across the road.

"This proposal does not meet the policy requirements for keeping a minimum distance of 100 meters between Class 3 facilities," Hicks said in a report.

A letter from WEBIA Executive Director Teri Smith (on behalf of the 650 members) states that the pub is the best LGTBQ2S + friendly destination.

"Expansion to adjacent spaces will have a positive impact on Davy Street's 1000 blocks and red light districts by activating long-term vacancies and attracting more people to the neighborhood." Smith writes. The

report shows that 850 neighbors were informed about the proposal and 32 responded. 31 of them were in favor.

Hicks, instead of approving this application, says Congress will approve another proposal from the pub owner and open another pub next door with a Class 1 license for 84 people. Recommended.

In the past, the Council issued a moratorium on city policies allowing large venues with liquor sales licenses to operate nearby, such as the Granville Entertainment District and Downtown Eastside. ..

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