City Bumps Subway Brouhaha to May

Owner of 29 Miller Ave. hires an attorney and gets City Council to delay appeal hearing to its May 7 meeting.

Opponents to  hoped to culminate their campaign Monday night by inciting the City Council to reject of the of the sandwich chain.

They'll have to wait two weeks to find out if that wish will come true.

Lynn Spaulding, the owner of 29 Miller Ave., the  where , hired an attorney and asked the City Council to delay Monday’s hearing of an appeal of the ’s proposal. They did just that unanimously and without discussion, pushing the showdown to May 7.

Spaulding said she’s hired Santa Rosa attorney Jeremy Olsan to represent her at the hearing, hoping to press the issue that the city would infringe on her property rights by rejecting the sandwich chain as a potential tenant.

Spaulding and Patel have faced a in recent weeks from a coalition that includes foodies, opponents to chain businesses and residents of neighborhoods near the proposed Subway, among others.

Local real estate agent Linda Walsh created an anti-Subway online petition on Change.org that has garnered more than 480 signatures to date. She also said she gathered a few hundred signatures on a paper petition over the weekend. 

The transition from one food service business to another in a space smaller than 1,500 square feet normally wouldn't require the need for a Conditional Use Permit and a public hearing. But planning department officials said that because so many of the city's regulations changed over the past 43 years when , Patel and Subway had to go through the public hearing process.

The City Council will hear the Subway appeal on May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Click here to watch the meeting online live or archived.

Magoo April 18, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Don't forgot gas stations.
Old Mill neighbor April 19, 2012 at 07:44 PM
What a bunch of SNOBS! Who decides whether I want to eat at Subway or Tyler's Chop House? Why don't we let them open and see if they get any business. I suspect they will. There is a huge need for an inexpensive meal in Mill Valley. Look at all the empty store fronts in MV! Businesses are LEAVING. The Post Office store, Mail Boxes Etcetera is HUGE chain. Mill Valleyans, visitors and dayworkers will determine whether we "need" a Subway soon enough. Don't be hypocritical, City Council!
Mill Valley Neighbor April 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Totaly agree, a subway would help Mill Valley!
Jane Doe April 27, 2012 at 05:45 AM
We could stand to get rid of at least one coffee roastery, plus the grossly overpriced and "not for the local residents" art gallery. You used to be able to go to a shoe store, drugstore, and hardware store in downtown M.V., plus a casual hofbrau-style restaurant for a quick, inexpensive, and GOOD b'fast or lunch. HAH -- fat chance now. But designer coffee and multi-thousand-dollar art? Oh, sure, that's what every resident of M.V. needs on a daily basis.
Uncle Fishbits May 01, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Plutos. Plutos. Plutos. Plutos. A salad place. Plutos. Plutos Please give Marin a salad place. Please. Please. Yummy. Please. Plutos. Yup.


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