X-Golf, the golf-simulation center planned for Saline Commons plaza, cleared a hurdle at Monday’s Saline City Council meeting.
City Council approved X-Golf’s request for a special use permit – required for a recreation use in a commercial district. Council voted 5-1, with Councillor Janet Dillon as the dissenting vote.
Planning Commission previously voted to recommend the special use permit.
Jeff Tapp spoke briefly to city council about his plans for the center, which should open this fall next to Emagine Theatre. (For more about X-Golf, see this story.)
Councillor Dillon raised a couple concerns. She asked why outdoor televisions would be allowed on the sidewalk patio if they’ve never been allowed in the past.
City Superintendent Gary Roubal said the city has not disallowed outdoor televisions in the past.
Councillor Dean Girbach asked why the content players were disallowed on the Speedway gas pumps. Roubal said those machines were considered signage because of their advertising content.
“Of course, if the city council wants an ordinance prohibiting outdoor televisions, they can ask the planning commission,” Roubal told council.
Councillor Christen Mitchell said she believed the televisions were more inline with the commercial nature of the property. She said the video players at the outdoor pumps at Speedway were close to residential homes.
Tapp told council he expects to close by midnight on weekends and 10 p.m. on weekdays.
Councillor Dillon also expressed concern about selling alcohol on the outdoor patio because of the proximity to Emagine Theater and of the children who frequent the business. Documents showed that X-Golf only planned to have three people on staff at any given time, which she said was likely not enough to supervise alcohol consumption outdoors.
Tapp told council that he doesn’t expect a busy sidewalk café because most of X-Golf’s business is in the winter, when golfers don’t have access to all the local courses. He said he expected to have enough employees on duty to make sure alcohol consumption was not an issue.
Councillor Girbach asked X-Golf was getting liquor license. City Manager Campbell said X-Golf owners contacted the city about using a resort license to sell alcohol – the same vehicle used by Emagine Theater.
Girbach said he thought it was a great idea.
“I think it’s a great business to associate with Emagine Theatre, making that plaza a destination and an entertainment complex.