City Manager Doug Adkins, however, recommended overriding the city Planning Commission decision and approving the request because there would still be access to the parking lot that he said is hardly ever used.
Central Tap & Pint plans to use the alley as a beer garden and patio.
In a letter to the city, those involved in the Central Tap & Pint project said the alley is frequently used by drug addictsand dealers as well as prostitutes. The letter also said the local homeless population has found it to be a place to urinate and the stench is overpowering.
“Basically, the alley is a mess,” Striker said. “We’re going to fix it up and put a seating area in there.”
“It will make a great improvement to the downtown area,” he said.
The city also approved vacating an alley adjacent to the Torchlight Pass building at 1131 Central Ave. That alley will now be used for outdoor seating at the restaurant Gracie’s.
As part of the agreement for the vacated alley, the city will retain easements for utility servicing and repairs. Torchlight Pass will take responsibility for beautification of the alley space.