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No vote on Acropolis expansion today

-- Update: 3:07 p.m. --

The city needs to complete the environmental review for the proposed Acropolis expansion, so there was no vote today on the matter.

Assistant Corporation Counsel Alan P. Gerstman made the announcement during this afternoon's Common Council meeting.

The need to complete the environmental review was not raised during this morning's caucus.

12:52 p.m.: City lawmakers today appear headed toward some action on the proposed expansion at the Acropolis restaurant on Elmwood Avenue.

At this morning's Common Council caucus, Bradley Hamm, an aide to Delaware Council Member Michael J. LoCurto, asked whether the proposal from restaurant owner Paul Tsouflidis could be considered in parts.

There are three issues involved in Tsouflidis' proposal, Hamm said: proposed use of the second-floor patio, the proposed second-floor bar and the use of the second floor as restaurant space.

Hamm said LoCurto, who was not present at the Caucus meeting, wanted to approve the second-floor patio with conditions, deny the application for the bar and approve the use of restaurant space on the second floor.

City lawmakers have the power to approve the Acropolis' application because it sits in the Elmwood restricted zoning district.

While there were complications due to the way the proposed project was written up in Council documents, Council President Richard A. Fontana said the complexities could be resolved if the Council drafts its own document laying out what it wants to see happen.

Some neighbors have been vocally opposed to Tsouflidis' plans, raising concerns about existing noise levels and the potential for further noise problems.

Tsouflidis, who had pulled back on a deal brokered with some neighbors, has reverted and agreed to the original terms of an agreement, Niagara Council Member David A. Rivera said today.

The full Council meets at 2 p.m.

--Aaron Besecker
Follow me on Twitter: @BeseckerBN


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