Planning commission decision on Johnny V’s expected Tuesday

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The proposed Johnny V's on Magazine Street, next door to Monkey Hill Bar (Robert Morris,

The City Planning Commission is expected to make a decision Tuesday on whether to allow the proposed Johnny V’s restaurant on Magazine Street to open with a number of changes made to the building without the city’s permission.

A contractor added a small amount of first floor space and a second floor to the building (now subject of a lawsuit by the restaurant) that was not included in Johnny V’s previous plans with the city, so the restaurant owners are now asking for permission to proceed with those changes in place. The restaurant has promised a number of concessions, such as sealing off the second-floor space and securing additional parking, to satisfy neighbors opposed to the project — narrowly winning the approval of the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association last week.

Last month, the City Planning Commission heard the matter but deferred a decision until the parking agreements could be negotiated. The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, which begins at 1:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, includes the Johnny V’s item, but because the public hearing has already been held, it’s unclear whether the commission will accept additional comments from the public before it votes.

No new business concerning Uptown property is on Tuesday’s agenda.

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