Comment 101107

By Jonathan Dalton (registered) | Posted May 07, 2014 at 14:08:04

Jessica, I am very sorry to hear about what you had to go through. You are doing a great thing for the city and least deserve to be bullied over such a minor issue. You are correct that small business here must exist in spite of the City that is supposed to be helping them.

Thankfully you persevered and navigated around the many obstacles, but how many others have given up? Dealing with the city is like waking up every day in a Kafka novel. Nothing makes sense, nothing is explained to you and one day, it's just all over.

It occurred to me that the city is in the process of new zoning for the Upper James area. They are doing this in conjunction with the A-line rapid transit and these changes will likely include reduced parking requirements. Because of that, you might be able to get a temporary occupancy permit which will tide you over until the zoning changes take place. I know someone who faced the same issue as you and was able to do this downtown. It's worth a shot.

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