Nightclubs Might Need More Parking

By Birmingham, Steve | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), May 27, 1996 | Go to article overview

Nightclubs Might Need More Parking


Birmingham, Steve, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


A new definition of nightclubs proposed for St. Louis County would mean those businesses applying for permits would have to provide parking spaces based on floor space instead of seating.

Currently, calculations for parking at nightclubs are made by using the same formula as the one used for restaurants: one space for every three seats, plus two spaces for every three employees on a maximum shift. The county Planning Commission has recommended requiring 25 parking spaces for every 1,000 square feet of floor area.

Problems have arisen recently at several St. Louis County nightclubs, including Da Klic, which recently closed at New Halls Ferry and Parker roads. Da Klic was issued a permit on the current formula. Although it had an occupancy limit of 1,500 people, it had 207 seats so it needed just 77 parking spaces. The new formula would require it to have 300 spaces, based on an area of 11,988 square feet.

In addition to favoring the new parking requirements, the planning commission voted 5-2 last week to recommend approval of definitions of restaurants and nightclubs. The measure will go to the County Council.

The new definitions the commission favored would define a nightclub as "a commercial establishment occupying a space no less than 5,000 square feet whose primary business is supplying musical or other entertainment with a dance floor greater than 400 square feet, offering food and refreshments prepared on the premises. …

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