City Makes Deli Pay For Improvements To Shopping Center

November 28, 1990|By Paul Shread | Paul Shread,Staff writer

An Annapolis delicatessen that is being forced to relocate within the Bay Ridge Shopping Center will have to pay to improve the center, city officials have decided. However, the owners have been assured that the cost will be minimal.

Jo's Deli, part of the Hillsmere Drive shopping center since 1982, has been closed since September, when the owners were told to make room for a Blockbuster Video store.

The owners, John and Mary Saadeh, have applied for conditional-use approval from the City Council to reopen their deli in the same shopping center. In addition to the reopening request, they seek changes in the shop's operation. The deli previously stayed open until 3 p.m. The Saadehs want to stay open until 10 p.m. and serve beer and wine, which they did not serve before.

There were 50 seats in the old deli; there would be 48 in the new one.

City zoning law requires the owners to pay for any improvements the city orders during the consideration of a conditional-use request. Annapolis demanded that the Saadehs alter landscaping at the shopping center. The owners and their attorney, Alan Hyatt, were worried about how much they would have to pay, but Planning and Zoning Director Eileen Fogarty assured them the requirements would be minimal.

The council conducted a public hearing on the proposal Monday night, but no one testified. A few aldermen said they were supportive of the project but expressed concern about traffic in the area, which is also the site of the recently opened Quiet Waters park.

The Department of Planning and Zoning and the independent Planning and Zoning Commission are in favor of the project. The council will vote on the project Dec. 10.

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