Last Friday, Feb. 4th, a meeting was held in Councilmember Kevin Faulconer’s office to deal with the controversy of the VFW Post opening on Point Loma Avenue, and the initial report of that meeting sounds like community members are now trying to help the Ocean Beach VFW members find a new location for their Post.
Apparently in the meeting attended by representatives of the OB VFW, of the OB Planning Board, the Mainstreet Association, and “community members” Nancy Vaughn and Michael Zucchet, the vets agreed to put “on hold” the opening of their place in southern OB, and that the community has agreed to find them another suitable location. The vets have a couple of requirements: any new site has to be in the 92107 zip area and must include between 2000 and 4000 square feet.
In a widely-circulated email, Zucchet – one of the leaders of the “anti-” group and former councilmember for this area- described the results of the meeting this way:
So in summary, it seems clear that if they can find another viable location that fits their needs, they will take it. In the meantime, they are “on hold” at the 4705 Pt. Loma Ave. location and are spending their time looking for alternatives. I am NOT saying that they have made a final decision to not pursue that location…but as I said, I believe if they can find a viable alternative and can extricate themselves from the lease they signed, they will likely take that path. ….
So the bottom line is that what we can do to help the most right now is help them find a new place. They have two main requirements:
1) It has to be in 92107…moving zip codes changes the process for transferring their liquor license to a much longer, prohibitively more expensive process. There may also be issues with their VFW charter if they move from the 92107 zip code, so moving to 92106 or 92110 or any other zip code seems to be a non-starter.
2) Their ideal square footage would be about 3500 sq. ft., but I think they will seriously consider anything from 2000 to 4000 sq. ft.
We need to use our collective knowledge, contacts, and creatively to help them find an alternative suitable location. This is the single most important thing we can do to help resolve the situation. If anybody has any ideas or leads, especially any “off market” opportunities, please contact me or others associated with this effort (including Bill and the VFW directly) with the information. Tentatively, Kevin Faulconer wanted to re-convene the group and check progress in another week to ten days.
Unfortunately for the vets and those trying to help them find another location, the VFW has already made an extensive search into possible locations in the area. Zucchett described it:
The only “bad news” is that there are currently no obvious alternative VFW locations. The VFW has been looking–hard–and they seemed very versed in every possible location that was thrown at them. They clearly have done their due diligence looking for a new location.
Every idea that folks at the meeting had about a new location had already been researched by the vets, to no avail, Zucchet reported.
We have been asked to spread the word about this. Anyone with ideas should contact Faulconer’s office at 619-236-6622.