A proposed Meridian nightclub, The Oasis, landed back on the Meridian City Council agenda Tuesday evening.
Applicant Brian Tsai submitted a request for reconsideration per ‘factual basis’ in which he addressed several issues with the last hearing, including parking complaints, noise, and the city giving the appellant over 14 days to file.
“This reconsideration is being requested not only for the account of the above but on the basis that a fair and impartial hearing was not conducted,” Tsai wrote. “It became immediately apparent once again that the appellants utilized their leverage with friends and religious organizations to intentionally fill the council chambers with opposition members in an effort to sway the decisions of city council members. Making it impossible to have an impartial deliberation and decision issuance.”
However, the council quickly moved to deny the request for the same reasons presented during the July hearing.
“I think that record sufficiently explained the dialogue and basis for the ultimate decision that was made after gathering all of the input from all the parties involved, our staff included,” council member Joe Borton said. “So I didn’t find anything sufficient within the August 27 Request for Reconsideration that would warrant changing the decision.”
BoiseDev told you about the previous meeting where the council voted to deny The Oasis project. The meeting ran for several hours and ultimately came down to problems related to noise, the E. Ustick Rd. location, and parking.
On September 2, The Oasis posted on its Facebook page about its previous approval, the events that were booked, and more.
At the time Tsai was clear that he was not ready to give up on the venue.
“In the meantime, we are also on the lookout for a new location to place The Oasis project. If we’re going to move, let’s make it a larger space that can accommodate touring music events,” the Facebook post said. “In case you haven’t seen, it is much harder to find appropriate commercial space in Meridian than even residential units! If you’re a realtor or developer and know of something, send us a message!”
The venue was first approved by the Meridian Planning and Zoning Commission.