Planning Commission Approves Time Out Sports Grill Zone Requests Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

The Duval County Planning Commission voted 7-0 on May 6 to lift the exemption and waiver for serving alcohol and allowing outdoor seating with a bar and television at the proposed Time Out Sports Grill Mandarin at 10140 San Jose Blvd. .

“This is a great win for Time Out, a great win for the community and the Mandarin area,” said owner Matt Harris, who requested the exemption and waiver of the zoning.

The sports restaurant is planned in the former Village Inn building, which was closed in 2016. Harris will lease the structure.

It is located a limited distance from four places of worship and a school. Several restaurants within a mile of this location have received similar alcohol permits.

The building is currently zoned to accommodate a restaurant that serves beer and wine. However, additional permits are required to serve all spirits.

The restaurant is adjacent to a neighborhood on Haley Road.

Many of the region’s residents are Orthodox Jews who do not drive or use electricity during the Sabbath. This includes intersection signals.

Time Out Sports Grill Mandarin is scheduled at 10140 San Jose Blvd. The site is a closed Village Inn restaurant.

Neighbors feared that a sports restaurant would attract too many customers who could endanger pedestrians along Haley Road.

Harris, who owns the Time Out Sports Grill at 13799 Beach Blvd. near Hodges Boulevard, has agreed to hire a border guard at its expense on Friday evenings and on holy days to help observant Jews cross San Jose Boulevard to reach the synagogue.

The commission postponed zone changes at the April 22nd meeting to allow Harris to address community concerns.

At the start of yesterday’s meeting, Rogers Towers attorney Wyman Duggan listed concessions Harris was willing to make:

• The proposed terrace would have been relocated from Haley Road towards the center of the building on San Jose Boulevard.

• A 6 foot wooden or vinyl fence would be built along Haley Road next to the sidewalk and landscaped on the restaurant side of the fence.

• The proposed outer strip would have been removed.

• There would be no outside televisions.

• The planned 45 seats on the terrace would have been reduced to two or three picnic tables.

• Where legal, Harris would not pay for parking signs in the neighborhood.

• A proposed charity basketball tournament to be held in the restaurant parking lot would be removed from the schedule.

Ten friends and family spoke on Harris’ name and told the commission that he was Jewish, grew up in Mandarin, and was a man of good character who respected the neighborhood.

Another 10, half as many, who spoke against his plan at the first meeting, spoke out against it.

The main problem was the desire for a wall instead of a fence and the requirement to permanently close the restaurant entrance on Haley Road.

The subdivision is closed with no through streets. Residents didn’t want customers exiting the restaurant to turn onto Haley Road and enter the subdivision in hopes of taking a suspected shortcut to avoid the traffic on San Jose Boulevard.

“This is a great win for Time Out, a great win for the community and the Mandarin area,” said owner Matt Harris, who requested the exemption and waiver of the zoning.

After a public statement, the commissioners discussed Harris’ concessions and the wishes of the neighbors.

Closing the restaurant entrance on Haley Road would have raised safety concerns for emergency vehicles. Commissioner Daniel Blanchard also noted that customers traveling north on San Jose Boulevard are likely to turn onto Haley Road believing there is an entrance and end up driving across the neighborhood to San Jose Boulevard to return and reach the restaurant.

The commission passed a 7-0 change with which Harris signed to customers that the dead ends on Haley Road and no right turn from the parking lot were allowed. That must correspond to the review of the city traffic safety ordinance.

Another unanimous amendment provides for additional fencing and landscaping in the rear parking lot to further separate the restaurant from Haley Road.

Blanchard proposed an amendment, which was also passed unanimously to give back the seats, and included 45 seats, a bar and television.

The rationale was that the Commission allowed more exemptions for outdoor dining during the COVID pandemic and that Harris’ original proposal was very similar to those requests.

Harris said he would meet with his lawyers and contractors to discuss the new changes outdoors.

On April 22nd, before the request was put on hold, Harris was ready to remove the outdoor food component. He welcomed the additional outdoor seating but wasn’t sure the bar and TVs would revert to the final map.

“Just because we won today doesn’t mean we won’t care about our neighbors,” said Harris.

An aerial view of the proposed Time Out Sports Grill Mandarin. (Google)

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