New owner of Carol’s Place property seeking zoning relief to add outdoor patio

The new owner of the former Carol’s Place property located at 201 West 6th Avenue in Conshohocken is seeking zoning relief in an effort to add a 1,041 square foot outdoor dining patio. The hearing for the application from Conshohocken Avila Real Estate, LLC, will be on the agenda for Conshohocken’s zoning hearing board on May 20th.

While a name for the restaurant hasn’t been announced, has previously reported that the menu will focus on seasonal cocktail, California wines, and lite bites.

From the zoning notice:

The petitioner is seeking a Special Exception pursuant to Section §27-703.E.(6)(a) and Variance from Section §27-2002 to permit an expansion of the existing nonconforming restaurant use of the existing nonconforming mixed-use property located within the BR-1 – Borough Residential District 1 with the construction of a 1,041 SF outdoor dining patio, and to not provide the required off-street parking on the site for the proposed outdoor dining patio addition whereas one off-street parking space per 50 SF of gross floor area is required with the expansion of the outdoor dining use.

In everyday terms, the applicant is seeking to add an outdoor patio, which would increase the square footage of the restaurant, which in turn could mean more people using the restaurant. More square footage triggers the requirement that the restaurant provide off-street parking. The math of that is 1041 (square footage of patio) / 50 square feet of the zoning requirement), which is approximately 20 spaces.

Zero restaurants in the borough could meet that standard, or come anywhere close to that.