A number of Bellaire residents have expressed their opposition to a drive-through salad business, Salad and Go, proposed for 5201 Bellaire Blvd at the corner of Fifth St. The company advertises itself as a “drive-through revolution” and the plan is for vehicles to enter from Bellaire Blvd and exit onto Fifth St.
A Public Hearing was held before Planning and Zoning on March 10, 2022. On April 14, 2022, P&Z approved the application with some conditions and the application moved on to City Council for a Public Hearing. That Hearing was held on June 6, 2022, find a link to that meeting here.. For unknown reasons the principals of the business did not attend the Hearing, and it was postponed to the June 20, 2022, Council meeting.
A principal of Salad And Go was on hand for the June 20th meeting. He submitted a revised site plan and answered questions from the Mayor and Council members. Traffic would enter off Bellaire Blvd, exit to Fifth St, find the site plan at the left. Find a link to that meeting video here. The Agenda item is about 56 minutes into the meeting, click on the item link to view all of the application and the written comments from residents. Oral comments were not allowed at the June 20th meeting.
After a lengthy discussion, Council decided by a vote of 4 to 2 that with one member absent they would hold another public hearing on the application. Many of the residents who opposed the project were in attendance and were not happy with this decision. They have already expressed concerns about the location adjacent to residences, traffic flow to the surrounding neighborhood, long lines that could lead to vehicles backed up on Bellaire Blvd, the 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM hours of operation, and lights and noise. Now they have to go through the entire process again.
My suggestion is to send all comments to the Mayor and members of City Council via Tracy Dutton email@example.com and ask her to forward to them. Speak out at meetings during Public Comments. Let your elected officials know of your concerns.