Planning commission deals setback to Vinsetta Garage in battle over new parking lot

BERKLEY, Mich. (WXYZ) - A popular Berkley restaurant hit another road block in trying to get a new parking lot to accommodate the crowds at their place.

Things didn't go well for Vinsetta Garage at a planning commission meeting last night. 

People living by the restaurant are calling them a bad neighbor because, they say, they're tired of dealing with litter, drunks and traffic congestion.

They made their voices heard last night at the meeting.

"i fear a change like this will affect the safety of my child and her ability to ride up and down the block," one resident said.

People packed the Berkley planning commission meeting - most of them hoping to halt the restaurant's plans to expand their parking. 

The owner of Vinsetta Garage purchased three homes along Oxford Street and when he purchased a fourth, the planning commission waited to approve any new requests until they heard from residents living along the street and in the neighborhood. 

The proposed new lot can park 50 cars. The city wants Vinsetta Garage to look at another option closer to their restaurant on Eaton Street, but it's not as practical for the eatery.

"I think now we go to city council and see what they have to say,” said Vinsetta owner Curt Catallo.  “That's the beauty of this democracy is that they have a decision to make. We just hope we still have a chance to make that decision and get those cars off of Eaton and Oxford Street."

The planning commission did not make a decision last night. But, the issue still goes to city council; the commission recommends that city council denies the zoning request.

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