Restaurant planned for former Wilkie Buick building gets the OK for a ramp and vestibule that juts onto the sidewalk

Mark Vetri’s proposed restaurant at 600 North Broad and Mount Vernon Street can have a ramp and vestibule that juts onto the Mount Vernon sidewalk, says City Council.

Council has unanimously passed an ordinance authorizing developer Eric Blumenfeld and 600 North Broad Associates to build an 22-foot-long encroachment seven feet into the sidewalk – a ramp and vestibule. At a planning commission meeting earlier this month, project representatives said the seven feet is needed for a wheelchair to have enough room to turn around. considering the stair placement.

The building is the former Wilkie Buick site. The ordinance was introduced by Fifth District Councilman Darrell Clarke

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