Anthracite Cafe Obtains Zoning Approval for Pavilion

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WILKES-BARRE — The city’s Zoning Hearing Board on Wednesday approved the construction of an outdoor pavilion for Anthracite Cafe on Scott Street.

The new, free-standing, one-story structure would be 2,310 square feet and could accommodate 48 people.

Joe Rinkus of LHC Construction Management said owner Mike Prushinski used a tent at the site, adding that it likely saved the business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“And now he’s looking to do something a little more permanent, to make it a lot more beautiful,” Rinkus said.

Parking won’t be a problem, added Joe Stachokus of Land Development Engineering. When the 48 seats are added, 54 parking spaces would be required under the city’s zoning ordinance. But as it stands, there are 68 places available, giving the company more than enough places, he said.

In 2016, Council approved Anthracite’s application to build a 4,000 square foot pavilion. The square footage would have expanded the floor space of a non-compliant restaurant beyond the maximum allowable limit of 25% to 125%. In comparison, the smaller lodge would only increase the limit to around 73%.

The council voted 4-0 to grant the special exception for the pavilion and a waiver to increase the total area beyond the maximum limit.

In other cases, counsel:

• Approved a waiver to waive a setback to allow Christopher Camp to install an above ground pool on his property on Stucker Avenue.

• Approved a waiver to waive setbacks to allow Michael Grady to install an above-ground swimming pool on his East Thomas Street property.

• Approved a derogation to allow Antonio Saldana Gonzalez to establish an automotive locksmith shop on Beaumont Street and to install two neon signs.

• Denied a waiver for Samuel Elliott to rent a room at his property on North Washington Street.

• Denial of a special exception to Eunice Rodriguez Duran to operate a day care center for 12 children at her residence on Old River Road.

Contact Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.

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