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Re: “Spreading its Wings: Thunderbird Café owners want nightclub to grow, but expansion plans don't sit well with Lawrenceville residents

I would also like to point out that Thunderbird owns all of the buildings in their block, except for one. In order for Thunderbird to expand, those businesses will either need to close or be forced to move somewhere else. That's what they mean when they say "consolidate several properties". What are those business owners' opinions on this?

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Posted by Jordyn Melino on 04/03/2013 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Spreading its Wings: Thunderbird Café owners want nightclub to grow, but expansion plans don't sit well with Lawrenceville residents

The issue is that there is not enough parking spots available in the commercial district (Butler St.) to support an expansion of this size. This block of Butler Street is at full capacity between Thunderbird and Belvederes right across the street. Thunderbird is suggesting the use of valet to a parking lot on 38th street, but there is no way that all of the folks going to Thunderbird would even use or pay for valet, so that is not a viable option to this issue. Parking will bleed into the residential areas, creating issues. The commercial district is not large enough to support a venue of this size, nor does this venue fit in with the scale of the commercial district, which consists of boutique shops and small businesses.

The community is all for Thunderbird at their current capacity. If they want to expand, they need to find a commercial area that can support their expansion, like the completely abandoned Iron City Brewery two blocks away.

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Posted by Jordyn Melino on 04/03/2013 at 4:25 PM

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