NuVita Frozen Yogurt and Cafe has a new handicapped ramp.
On Sept. 5, Orange Live looked into a potential business owner’s concern that the Town Plan and Zoning Commission was treating him unfairly by requiring him to install a cut-out in the sidewalk in front of his storefront at the Firelight Plaza before his restaurant would be approved.
The commission and Zoning Administrator and Enforcement Officer Paul Dinice said the applicant Scott Herman of All-American Construction, working on behalf of the business owner, Mohammad Khan, had been unresponsive for a majority of the application process, and Mr. Khan never came to his office to discuss any concerns.
The only thing Herman had to do to complete the process was show the cut-out on the building plans and have the building inspector sign off on it and the project would be approved.
Why did Million Snacks have to provide handicapped access when the other businesses in the Firelight Plaza did not?
Dinice said the others are existing businesses and did not have to file a site plan application to locate there.
Khan’s business, Million Snacks had to file a site plan application because it was a change of use from retail to restaurant, which gave the commission the authority and review capacity to take a close look at everything, according to Dinice.
A photo of the new 2-way handicapped ramp in front of NuVita.
“This is a very simple thing that could be resolved in a couple of minutes,” Dinice said.
Khan allegedly said that NuVita does not have a handicapped ramp and it’s not fair that his business should be made to get one.
But anyone who has been around town for a long time will remember the delays in the opening of NuVita.
The P&Z Commission is reputed to be tough, but fair, only requiring what they know is necessary for patron’s safety.
Did you ever notice the extraordinary amount of handicapped parking at NuVita? Moon said he put those in voluntarily.
He added that if he was asked to make a handicapped cut-out in his sidewalk he would do it, no problem.
“It’s a simple fix,” he said. “We could have it done in no time.”
Well, this week, without anyone asking Moon to install it, a 2-way handicapped ramp suddenly appeared at the entrance of NuVita.
This just goes to show how simple a fix it is, and Moon’s full concrete handicapped ramp is much more elaborate than the cut out that held off the site plan approval for Million Snacks.