Dec 15, 2014 7:44 PM by Brian Johnson
The Chico City Council will take up discussion of a card room in downtown Chico tomorrow night.
It will be an appeal of the Planning Commission's recommendation not to change zoning codes to allow for such a business in the downtown north zoning district.
The proposed project would be a 7 table card room and restaurant on the corner of Third and Main Streets (it would the second card room in Chico, the other is Casino 99).
Businessman and entrepreneur Jon Scott has had card rooms in Chico before, and says he generated high wages for employees and drew visitors from near and far.
"We're going to create some jobs, we're going to create some money for our city-our city desperately needs money-let's put some money in that hole," said Scott. "[If] we put some money in that hole, we can get some law enforcement we don't have anymore. They can police these streets."
DCBA Executive Director Melanie Bassett says aside from zoning regulations prohibiting card rooms in the downtown north zoning district, it's not the right mix for downtown's core.