Barb Kochlin hopes to open a coffee shop and a long-desired Delia’s All-In-One brick-and-mortar restaurant at her property on Broadway Street, but city parking regulations could get in the way.
Kochlin’s proposal would take the building that used to house Penny Chiropractic and operate a coffee shop out of the first floor from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. In the afternoon and evening, Delia’s All-In-One would serve counter-style takeout food, with limited indoor dining space for 12 people.
Delia’s All-In-One is owned and operated by Jordan resident Delia Tinoco, her husband and three children. The catering business now operates out of a kitchen in Shakopee, but the family has been looking to open a restaurant in Jordan for the last couple years. The business makes a big splash at Jordan’s Cinco de Mayo event each year, with a line of customers wrapping around Water Street.
“They’re used to catering so that fast mindset works well with takeout,” Kochlin said.
Kochlin told the Jordan Planning Commission the intended opening date was July 18, but she soon learned a parking kerfuffle could push that back significantly.
The property was brought up at Tuesday’s planning commission meeting after Kochlin was directed to present the commission with a layout that fit as many parking spaces into her parcel as possible. The parcel included the prospective restaurant site, as well as the old brewery complex, which houses business space for the Corner Peddler.
Kochlin drafted a plan that included 23 parking spots. Senior Planner Lucinda Meyers said only 13 of those spots meet regulations — 20 stalls short of the 33 Kochlin’s property is required to have under city code. But ultimately, the zoning code grants gives the city council the power to approve a decreased number of parking stalls at its discretion, Meyers said.
Councilman Jeff Will said any added off-street parking felt like a bonus, comparing the brewery complex to fellow downtown businesses that are zoned under the same classification but do not require off-street parking because they lack available space and are surrounded by street-side parking.
Councilman Robert Whipps said the matter still has too many variables and contingencies to be sent to city council.
“I feel like when it gets [to the council] we’re going to say the same thing, ‘Go and do the homework,’” Whipps said. “Really it should be this body that is looking at that stuff before it necessarily goes to the council. In my mind we should get that stuff figured out.”
“I don’t know how we could troubleshoot before this happens,” Commissioner Brenda Lieske said.
The city code would also require the parking lot to be paved. The commission discussed implementing a conditional permit that gives Kochlin two years to have the lot paved.
After a lengthy discussion, Kochlin told he council she’d put money and hundreds of hours of work into the development of the property but did not realize its future could come down to parking.
“I hear all your concerns but I’m getting scared right now. I have all this money put into opening these restaurants ... I had no idea that what would stop this would be a parking issue,” Kochlin said. “I would’ve started this process sooner if I knew this was a problem. I’ll do whatever you guys want me to do, we’re ready to get this thing up and running.”
The planning commission voted unanimously to forward the parking plan, with contingencies outlined by the planning staff, to the city council for consideration.
Updated 1:01 p.m. Wednesday