Benton Park Corner Building to be Rehabbed? (2800-04 Lemp)

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A Benton Park corner mixed use building that once housed an antique store may see new life as a restaurant and apartments. The building at 2800-04 Lemp Avenue shows a “zoning only” building permit for rehab into a restaurant and two residential spaces. The City’s Zoning Section must approve the proposed land use change prior to the building permit’s issuance. The building’s storefront has been vacant for several years. The owner is James Rabbitt.

Below is a Google Streetview capture of 2800-04 Lemp:

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No further information on the proposed restaurant or other aspects of the development are known at this time.

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  • DJ Huchzermeier

    Hey all! We are opening the restaurant in the building around late Spring 2016. The lots to the south will be patio dining, garden, greenhouse and outdoor games (petenque, horseshoe, etc.)

    Please let me know if you all have any questions!

    Cheers,

    DJ Huchzermeier
    Hommage

    • John R

      fantastic!

  • John R

    I see a permit was just issued for the rear porch/ext. renovations and last month an occupany permit was issued for his plumbing business office as well as outdoor storage. And in April he submitted a (zoning only) permit application to “construct” a restaurant and parking lot. So a lot going on here. If this really is for new construction, I imagine the plan is to demo the unusual, expensive garage building in the rear (that was constructed last decade) is intended to be demolished to make way for a small restaurant fronting Lynch and some parking. Anyone know what it going on?

    • John R

      Posted too soon…. actually I see he owns a number of neighboring vacant parcels and that surely is where the new restaurant is intended to be constructed.

  • @tgeperson, truly it’s been treated for a while now. In spite of all the works –
    tuck pointing, brick repair and painting, this should have been completed much
    earlier.

  • tgeperson

    That one has been under work at a slow pace for a while now.

    • Mathew Chandler

      Yes it has, i know the exterior has had some work, tuck pointing, brick repair and painting. It appears to be a one man job at this point.