Board of Zoning Appeals heard plans Thursday for an escape room attraction
in Suite 3 of The Factory at 1050 Broadway.
petitioner William Bennett who owns the building, Robert Ring told the BZA
that there will be five rooms where players would need to solve puzzles
using hints and clues to find their way out. Think of it as real-life video
game or the movie “National Treasure” with Nicholas Cage, Ring said.
BZA attorney Julie
Paulson said at the preliminary hearing that a use variance will be needed
since an escape room is not listed in activities for the property’s zoning.
Like other escape
rooms, which are growing in popularity, the game would simulate locking
players in a series of rooms where they will have to race the clock to win
the game. One example Ring gave would be a laser room and if a player
interrupts one, they’ll lose time.
All rooms will be
monitored with TV’s so staff will be able to see what’s going on and if
anyone needs to get out, there will be “panic buttons” so they can exit,
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell said he is reviewing plans with the Fire Department. He advised
against having any foam covering on the walls but if so, they would need to
be flame retardant.
Ring said he has no
plans to put coverings on the walls as the building brick and hardwood are
just the right aesthetic they would like.
BZA President Joe
Ackerman asked to make sure there are adequate ways for emergency crews to
enter and exit the business if they need access. Member Fred Owens also
thought that doors should open out rather than in. Ring said that should not
be a problem.
The BZA then agreed
4-0 to set a public hearing for the variance at its next meeting on June 22.
Also approved for a
public hearing was a request by Pierre and Kristine Lauzon of 2541 Westwood
Ln. S. in Abercrombie Woods to construct an in-ground pool with a concrete
deck. The variance would allow an increase in lot coverage by 766 sq. ft.,
6.8 percent above the 30 percent limit.
Lauzons, attorney Greg Babcock said the pool would be used by their children
and other children in the neighborhood. The drainage on the property would
not be affected and there is a French drain system shared with the
neighbors, Babcock said.
The public hearing
will also be June 22.
Lamar display sign
In other business,
O’Dell said that Lamar Advertising is prepared to switch out their
three-sided display sign at the southwest corner of the intersection of
Indian Boundary and Calumet Rd., at the railroad, with an LED digital panel.
from Lamar advertising told plans in May 2016 to have up to six different
construction will beginning shortly.