City Council to reconsider Grievous Gallery alcohol permit

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 14, 2019

By Liz Moomey

SALISBURY — Grievous Gallery’s request for a permit for on-site consumption of beer and wine is coming back for approval at Tuesday’s Salisbury City Council meeting.

The 6 p.m. meeting will be at 217 S. Main St.

At the last meeting, council members tabled a request for a special-use permit for the 111 W. Bank St. art gallery. Several council members expressed concerns about the land development ordinance stating that special-use permits stay with the property and not the owners.

Other concerns included the proximity of Grievous Gallery to First United Methodist Church, which has a child care service. A bar, tavern or nightclub, which is what the gallery would be considered, cannot be within 500 feet of a school.

The council decided to table the permit request and told applicant Elysia Demers to return with an expert to present findings about property values in the neighborhood. At the April 2 meeting, Councilwoman Tamara Sheffield was absent, so tabling the request to Tuesday’s meeting would prevent a tie vote.

The council will also consider adopting a change to a development ordinance amendment to address internet and electronic gaming establishments. The Planning Board recommended those businesses that have monetary prizes only be allowed in highway business districts and be 500 feet from residences, churches and schools.

The council will hold a public hearing on the issue.

It will also hold a public hearing on designating the Salisbury Southern Railway Passenger Depot as a local historic landmark. If approved, the Depot would be the city’s third such landmark, with Edgar S. Temple House and the Empire Hotel being the others.

The council will receive two reports from City Attorney Graham Corriher to consider revisions to the public demonstrations and noise ordinance.

Mayor Al Heggins will present a proclamation declaring Kite Festival Day.