The Planning Commission voted unanimously on March 2 to endorse a special use permit to allow Classical Movements, a classical music tour company based in Alexandria, to continue hosting socially distanced outdoor concerts. City Council will make a final vote on the SUP at a public hearing this Saturday.
According to alextimes.com, “Beginning in June, Classical Movements began hosting small-scale, distanced outdoor concerts in the garden behind its headquarters at 711 Princess St. In November, the future of the concert series was put in jeopardy after a single noise complaint from a neighbor set in motion a series of bureaucratic obstacles that prevented Classical Movements from hosting outdoor concerts.”
As per alextimes.com, “According to Neeta Helms, Classical Movements’ founder and president, the SUP that goes before council on Saturday is technically for a live entertainment restaurant. “[City staff and the Planning Commission] said that we should apply for a restaurant, that we had to label ourselves as a restaurant, and they actually asked us to put that in,” Helms said. Classical Movements is not, technically, a restaurant, Helms added.”