New restaurant building to squeeze into Bishop Arts

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Calvario Funeral Home tore down the 88-year-old warehouse adjacent to its location at 300 W. Davis in November 2015.

Since then, the vacant lot has served as a parking lot that currently is surrounded by a temporary construction fence. Now a new restaurant building is planned for the 300 block of West Davis.

A building permit was granted in September for 312 W. Davis, between Calvario and Stock & Barrel restaurant.

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The permit for a new restaurant, pulled by Benge General Contracting LLC in August, states that the project would have a value of $1.2 million.

Calvario owns the 6,250-square-foot property, but funeral director Lupe Garcia told us last year that the owners of 303 Bar & Grill and Pier 247 restaurants had leased it with plans to build another restaurant there.

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Garcia did not return a call seeking comment, and restaurant owner Cecilia Lopez has not replied to an email.

Garcia demolished part of his 1927 building on Nov.12, 2015, two days after the City Council approved an ordinance to delay demolitions for certain old buildings in our neighborhood. The warehouse housed Pecan Deluxe, the candy company that’s an offshoot of Polar Bear Ice Cream, for decades.

A certificate of occupancy application states that the restaurant would have a capacity of 254 people and that it would require 28 parking spaces. The application states that the restaurant would provide 37 parking spaces, although it doesn’t state where. The parking ordinance allows for required off-street parking to be as far as 1,000 feet away from a restaurant.

The city requires restaurants to have at least one off-street parking space for every 100 square feet of restaurant space, so the 28 spaces cited in the application indicates that the restaurant is planned as 2,800 square feet.

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