Downtown Lodi Business Partnership to disband
Jaime Watts, left, executive director of the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership, and Pat Patrick, president and CEO of the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, announced Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, that the DLBP will close. The Chamber will take over the two largest DLBP events, the Farmers Market and the Parade of Lights.
- Jaime Watts hopes to open downtown eatery
After her duties as Downtown Lodi Business Partnership's executive director are completed, Jaime Watts plans to open an eating establishment with live music on School Street.
Plans call for the new restaurant, located at 14 S. School St., to offer coffee, desserts, beer and wine. Fresh food would be offered, but none would be cooked on the premises. Some food would be provided by other restaurants.
Watts will discuss her plans at Wednesday's Lodi Planning Commission meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St. The Planning Commission will decide whether to issue a use permit to operate the restaurant.
"The Downtown business district has an over-concentration of Alcoholic Beverage Control licenses," according to a city staff report. "In order to approve an additional license, the Planning Commission must make a finding of public need and necessity."
The area within the census tract bordered by Lockeford Street, Ham Lane, Lodi Avenue and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks had 30 businesses with ABC licenses.
"Generally, downtowns have a high concentration of eating and drinking establishments," according to the city staff report. "The city's downtown guidelines specifically call out drinking and eating establishments as the type of businesses that are encouraged in the Downtown area."
— Ross Farrow
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:00 am
Due to financial concerns, the organization that promotes Downtown Lodi businesses will fold.
The Downtown Lodi Business Partnership board of directors voted unanimously Monday to disband. Executive Director Jaime Watts said she doesn't look at the decision as bad news. Instead, it will put Downtown businesses on a sounder footing as the Lodi Chamber of Commerce takes over some of the DLBP functions.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:00 am.