Please Support Cluck! Urban Farm Supply at Providence Zoning Board Hearing, Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cluck! Urban Farm Supply artist rendition of exterior

Cluck! Urban Farm Supply artist rendition of exterior

Note: for the latest news on Cluck! please see this story: The Latest on the Battle for Cluck! Your Help Is Still Needed.

Cluck!, the urban farm supply business that was covered previously on Eat Drink RI in Support Cluck! Urban Farm Supply on Broadway in Providence, is still in need of support to receive a zoning variance to open the business. Cluck!’s founder Drake Patten will appear in front of the Providence Zoning Board on February 6th at 5:30 p.m. to request relief from zoning under the use code that covers garden centers and hardware stores.

As Patten notes on Facebook, “Cluck will be appearing before the Zoning Board to seek relief from the current zoning at 399 Broadway. There will be push back from some neighbors, including those who are also currently appealing the Nikki’s decision (across from Julian’s) and holding up the re-development of the Tirocchi Sisters house at the west end of Broadway. While this decision will obviously be made on the merits of my request, it is vital to have support in the room and I respectfully ask you to attend in support of this exciting new business opening in our city.”

There is still time, and it is helpful, to send an email or a letter of support to the Zoning Board of Review via Peter Carnevale, Director of Zoning, at pcarnevale@providenceri.com. Please attend the hearing on February 6 at 5:30 p.m. at 444 Westminster Street, at the corner of Empire Street and Westminster Street.  If you’d like to speak, a brief sentence of support is all that is needed. Please spread the word about the February 6th hearing and help build the crowd at the Zoning Board in support of Cluck!

To read more about Cluck! please see the previous story, Support Cluck! Urban Farm Supply on Broadway in Providence.

5 thoughts on “Please Support Cluck! Urban Farm Supply at Providence Zoning Board Hearing, Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • I don’t see what would be the problem with CLUCK opening up across from the chruch??? Just check out what time the church has it’s Sunday Services starting and ending then CLUCK can open after that time. It is easy if the owner checks with the church leaders in person and sit down and chat. PEACE IS EASY IF WE AT LEAST TRY!

    • Drake Patten, the owner of Cluck has offered to open at noon on Sundays if it would help the relationship with the church. She has sat down with the church spokesperson. In my opinion, this is a non-issue. They claim parking would be a problem during service. At best a store like Cluck would have four or five customer, maybe ten tops, at a given moment. There is parking on the Cluck lot for that (not ten, but a few). This morning there were easily 200 people at Cluck, many of who drove and parked on the surrounding streets, not the lot. There didn’t seem to be a problem with the church having services.

      Regardless, to answer your question, Patten has sat down with the church and offered to not open until noon on Sundays.

  • That’s strange….maybe CLUCK could offer to help the church with food donations? I think the Mayor needs to meet with the church leader’s and the owner of CLUCK…….Then all of these parties then meet with the zoning board. Come on folks get the TV news stations involved

    • There were two TV news crews there today, along with Mayor Taveras, a city councilman and a state representative. The Zoning Board made a ruling in Cluck’s favor. The city has done an admirable job. This is really out of the city’s hands. The three parties (one of which is the church) that are in opposition are using a simple legal technicality to restart the process: they claim they were not authorized in writing (certified U.S. postal mail) that Cluck was proceeding.

      Regardless of whether they knew the Zoning Board authorized the variance, or could see that the building was being worked on (because supposedly they are all residents within 200 ft.) or knew from public flyers, posters, word-of-mouth, the law states residents within 200 ft. must be notified in writing. The judge, not the City of Providence, upheld that law.

      I’ll have a complete up-to-date summary in a story on this site hopefully tomorrow.

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