SEVEN FIELDS — Despite a negative recommendation from the planning commission, borough council will hear a conditional use application from Club Leaf & Bean next month.
At its Monday meeting, borough council approved the legal advertisement of a conditional use hearing for the cigar bar, which seeks to open a private club and retail store at the former site of Hines Ward's Table 86.
Club Leaf & Bean failed to convince council in October to change the borough's zoning ordinance to include for-profit companies in its definition of a private club in the conditional uses for that district. On Jan. 6, the planning commission issued council a negative recommendation on its updated application, in which the cigar club argues it should be permitted to open as a retail store, another conditional use in the district.
The commission said the retail section of the club — which would be open fewer than 40 hours per week — wasn't adequate enough to meet the conditions laid out in the ordinance. Additionally, they said, the one employee staffing the location doesn't bring the club up to the planned economic district's goals, which include creating employment opportunities.
Council will hear from the club Feb. 10 at 6 p.m., before its regularly-scheduled 6:30 p.m. meeting.