Locals don't want nightclub & bar in their neighborhood

RENO, Nev (KOLO) -- No punches were held back at the Reno Planning Commission meeting September 6, 2017.

"This is a disgrace,” said a concerned citizen.

"It's is wrong for our community and wrong for the city," said Aaron, nearby resident.

Residents and business owners near Moana Lane and Lakeside Drive showed their frustration over a proposed pizza place. The problem is on top of the pizza, the owner wants to allow karaoke, a bar and slot machines, and keep the business open 24 hours.

"I don't think these people should be treated lesser because they don't want enough money," said a concerned citizen.

Owners of Clockwork Pizza Loft are eyeing an old grocery store that has been vacant for the past 10 years. Developers say it's an eyesore and they want to bring the building back to life.

Surrounding businesses and residents say they'd like to see something in the building, but not this business.

"We don't need this kind of thing. It's a community there, it's not a place for a bar, it's not a place for where people want to party," said Gloria, nearby resident.

"Let them take it to Virginia Street or downtown. Let them go head to head with the other businesses that are trying to do this," said Charles, nearby resident.

Others were concerned the business would negatively impact kids attending a nearby school. But overall, people say they just want to see the neighborhood continue to improve and this business would not help their goal.

"It used to be where people would actually cringe and say I live off of Moana and Lakeside. It's not really like that much anymore. We are really trying to keep it that way," said Charles, nearby resident.

Since it's adjacent to a residential area, the plan required several special-use permits. But the planning commission said the proposal failed to meet the requirements and unanimously denied the plan.

The business owner does have a chance to appeal the decision, before the Reno City Council.