There’s a small battle brewing in south Ocean Beach and it’s all over a restaurant that hasn’t even opened yet.
The owners of the planned restaurant – called “Kodiak” – want to open in the building at the southwest corner of Point Loma Avenue and Ebers. This is the same building where the VFW wanted to open up a chapter house but ended up giving up due to neighborhood opposition.
Now, those same neighbors are battling each other over the projected opening of “Kodiak”. (Judi Curry reported on it about a month ago.)
One side wants zoning changes that would potentially prohibit any restaurants from ever opening along the commercial street of Point Loma Avenue, despite the history of eateries in the area. This side views the new OB Community Plan zoning changes as a window of opportunity to achieve this goal.
So apparently, an organized group of folks who live in the neighborhood that abuts and includes that section of Point Loma will be bringing their opposition to the OB Planning Board meeting, this Wednesday night, Dec. 11th. The Board has called a “Special Meeting” for a one-item agenda meet to vote on the OB Community Plan Update. Outside public comment on non-agenda items, the Board may very well not entertain any comment.
Rumors are abounding in that part of the Land of OB. There’s rumors that Chad Cline – the local who wants to open Kodiak up- has had death threats – totally unconfirmed; also there’s rumors that he’s considering pulling out.
Others in the same neighborhood feel that the restaurant opponents are acting like bullies and vigilantes. This side is willing to give the restaurant a chance and are even looking forward to an upscale eatery.
Both sides are trying to mobilize their people to the Wednesday night meeting. It’s at 6pm sharp in the OB Rec Center at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.
And both sides may be disappointed that they may not have their voices heard at this Planning Board special meeting. The Board has been struggling with the Plan Update Draft for months now, held numerous hearings, sponsored a town hall meeting to hear and receive comments – and it did.
But until this recent brouhaha developed over “Kodiak” – the southern OB folks were content with the Update. Now they want to be heard – but after 11 years of updating the OB Precise Plan – the community’s development blueprint – the Board and its chair, Tom Gawronski, may not be in the mood to shove aside all their work and listen to these folks who want last minute changes. If the changes they want in zoning for that commercial street will prohibit any restaurants in the now and in the future, they may be paddling against a stronger current.