The Dallas City Council, represented by the City Attorney’s Office, has asked the Board of Adjustment to initiate a compliance date for the beleaguered bar OT Tavern on Greenville Avenue, according to an  application filed with the board.

City Council members David Blewett, Paula Blackmon, Adam Medrano, Carolyn Arnold and Adam Bazaldua requested the board authorize compliance proceedings in a December meeting. The City Council said in its application that “continued operation will have an adverse effect on nearby properties.”

The Board of Adjustment hearing is scheduled for March 17, but property owners Uptown Ventures LLC & Hillcrest Towers LLC and tenant G P Sports NSL Inc. requested the case be held until April 21.

For years, neighbors have complained about fights, noise and parking violations that erupt from the bar at 3606 Greenville Ave. Five years ago, a man was murdered in the OT Tavern parking lot, and in October, a woman was injured in a drive-by shooting outside the establishment.

The property is nonconforming, meaning it was established lawfully but no longer conforms to current Dallas Development Code regulations. If the board establishes a compliance date, the business must cease operations, and it may not operate until it becomes a conforming use. That would now require a special-use permit.

Some of the factors the board will consider are public disturbances, public safety and parking problems as supported by police reports, code compliance records and neighbors’ testimony.


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