Neighborhood meeting on Midland cake shop Feb. 8

       A neighborhood meeting is scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 8 on a renewed request to allow a cake-baking shop to operate indefinitely in a predominantly residential part of the Midland area.
       The meeting, informal and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.

The little London Cake Shoppe is in a traditionally commercial building at Bott Avenue and 25th Street, surrounded by a mostly residential area. The business has been in the building since 1997.
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       Larry and Jane Vasterling, owners of the Little London Cake Shoppe, 620 S. 25th St., are requesting the removal of a zoning condition that prevents anyone else from owning the business at that address.
       Started in 1997, the business is in a two-story building on .07-acre.
       The Vasterlings originally proposed the condition removal two years ago, but did not pursue it after Erin McCauley of Land Use Review wrote a letter to Jane Vasterling in January 2010, saying she would recommend denial at a formal Planning Commission meeting based on a “fundamental incompatibility between the bakery use and the surrounding single-family neighborhood.” Issues noted by the neighborhood, McCauley said at the time, included insufficient parking, trash problems and early-morning delivery trucks waking up nearby residents and blocking driveways.
       Contacted this week, Jane Vasterling said she has sought to clear up those problems, but conceded that at least one neighbor is still not happy.
       For more information, call 385-5369 or e-mail emccauley@springsgov.com.

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