UPDATED — Angelo’s won’t be opening in the former Barrier’s space at Douglas and Oliver after all, but another restaurant will pending final city approval on increased parking.
“I never was positive that we were opening there,” says Gina Fasciano-Hogan. “It was actually way premature that that was mentioned at all.”
Fasciano-Hogan had been speaking with someone who had hoped to buy the building but didn’t succeed.
“That’s how premature it was.”
She still wants to reopen her family’s popular restaurant, though.
“We still want to, yes, and would like to stay in the College Hill area,” Fasciano-Hogan says. “I’m still in the planning stages.”
She says she’s working on a business plan and should be ready to do something in about six months.
“Hopefully when the time comes, something will be available in that area.”
Another group wants part of the former Barrier’s space for a bar and restaurant. Neither the group nor its representatives are sharing details about who the restaurateurs are or what they’re planning.
According to a staff report for the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, the real estate agents for the new owners of the building — who closed on Thursday — applied for a conditional use permit to tear down a duplex near the property for parking.
They also have plans to tear down a building behind the former Barrier’s building but don’t need permission for that because it’s already zoned for neighborhood retail.
The duplex is behind Citizens Bank of Kansas and is zoned for multifamily residential use.
The planning commission unanimously approved the permit with some modifications. This followed numerous public speakers who voiced concerns over the plan along with support for it.
A couple of speakers said they didn’t think the building, which has been vacant for more than two years, can ever attract another business without more parking.
“This building is an eyesore,” resident Trae Staats said. “Frankly, guys, something’s gotta give.”