The Turlock Planning Commission will consider approving the request from Calvary Chapel of Turlock to convert Two Guys Catering and Red Brick Bar & Grill into their church and worship on Thursday.
The church is currently permitted to operate within the portion of the building addressed as 147 S. Broadway.
If approved, the permit will not extinguish the current Conditional Use Permit that allows Red Brick to operate but will add the proposed use as a potential future use within the same space used by the Red Brick bar.
When it becomes the church and worship center, the entire building will become occupied.
Typically upon approval of a Conditional Use Permit, the application has one year to start construction on the project or commence the use of the approved operation, otherwise, the permit expires and the applicant will need to apply for a time extension.
According to staff report, the expiration timeframe for Calvary Chapel of Turlock is unique in that its implementation is dependent of the lease for Two Guys Catering/Red Brick Bar. The current lease is set to expire in five years.
In Sept. 2004, Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit for Two Guys Catering, which allowed the operation of a roughly 9,500 square-foot banquet hall and conference facility including catering services at 153 S. Broadway. At the time the parking location for the business was Downtown Core (DC), so no additional parking was required.
In 2007, the Conditional Use Permit was amended to permit the conversion of the approximately 4,700 square-foot parking lot on the south-end of the building to an outdoor event facility, which then eliminated the 23-car parking lot.
This venue would hold events such as weddings, private parties, and events hosted by Two Guys Catering. The staff report did not alter the assumption with parking demand, stating that the proposed use generated the need for 40 parking spaces during the week.
If approved, the church will eventually host activities throughout the week, including prayer meetings and bible studies, which would have about 80 people participating. The occupancy capacity planned for the main sanctuary is 360 people — the maximum occupancy expected at the site at any one time.
According to the staff report, the church’s weekday operations wouldn’t create any higher demand for parking than the original estimate of 40 spaces on week days, except for Wednesdays. However, since Wednesday activities are hosted in the evening, there won’t be too much impact on parking during the week.
Staff does estimate an increased impact on parking on Sundays, however, due to the level of public parking lots and on-street parking, staff believes current parking will be sufficient to handle the increase.
On Thursday, Turlock Planning Commission will also:
- Consider adopting the Active Transportation Plan.
- Consider initiating an omnibus amendment to Title 9 of the Turlock Municipal Code.
Turlock Planning Commission will meet on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Yosemite Community Room of City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.