Plans to Clean Up Lower Greenville Is What's SUP

City considering a plan to require special permits to stay open late

By Omar Villafranca
|  Saturday, Jul 17, 2010  |  Updated 12:01 AM CDT
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Dallas Mulls Special Permit Rule for Lower Greenville

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While many people associate Lower Greenville with St. Patrick's Day, Dallas locals still visit restaurants and bars on the other 364 days of the year.

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Dallas Mulls Special Permit Rule for Lower Greenville

Two City Councilwomen are talking about special permits for businesses on lower Greenville Avenue that want to stay open past midnight.
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Two City Councilwomen are talking about special permits for businesses on lower Greenville Avenue that want to stay open past midnight.

While many people associate Lower Greenville with St. Patrick's Day, Dallas locals still visit restaurants and bars on the other 364 days of the year.

"It can be really crazy," said Dave Hammack, who lives on a side street. "It's also a great place to live."

"It can get a little bit out of hand, but it's also a great place," said Bob Hearne, another Lower Greenville resident.

But both Hearne and Hammack point to several clubs and bars that have tarnished Lower Greenville's image of late. They said the bars cater to a tougher crowd, and problems usually start after midnight.

From their home, they've seen fights and police swarming in to break up the problems, the residents said.

Dallas City Councilwomen Angela Hunt and Pauline Medrano will host a meeting to make changes to the businesses. The city officials have a rough draft of a plan to make all Lower Greenville businesses apply for a special use permit, or SUP. All businesses would need a SUP to stay open past midnight.

Businesses applying for a SUP would have to meet certain requirements, including following city zoning and safety ordinances.

Some residents have stated that they hope the permits doesn't scare some businesses away. Other residents have more questions on what a SUP would entail.

A public meeting is planned on July 29 at 7 p.m. at Vickery Towers.

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