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Pet hotel, barber school among proposed businesses
WRITTEN BY :   Eric Pierce

DOWNEY – A former real estate office near Lakewood Boulevard and Gallatin Road may be converted into a “pet hotel” if the project can gain approval from Downey’s Planning Commission on Wednesday.

Ricardo Michel is seeking a conditional use permit to operate the pet hotel, which would offer overnight pet boarding with kennels and grooming services.

According to a staff report, the business will occupy the entire freestanding building at 9027 Gallatin Rd., which previously housed a realty company. A proposed floor plan includes “suites” for day kenneling and overnight boarding of dogs, two center playground areas, a lobby, waiting area, grooming facilities, staff office, storage rooms, and restrooms.

To address noise concerns, Michel said he would build a vestibule between the lobby and dog caring area. Any potential odors would be handled through “proper air-conditioning and ventilation of the facilities, as well as by proper cleaning and disposal of all waste products,” according to the staff report.

City planners recommended the permit’s approval but with stipulations to mitigate noise and odor levels.


The Planning Commission will also consider a request by a cosmetology and barber school that is looking to open at 9050 Telegraph Rd.

Cosmetica Beauty and BarberingSchool would occupy the first and second floors of the office building for a combined 4,812 sq. ft.

According to its proposal, the school would offer daily classes, Monday through Saturday, for students of all ages. Upon completion of a course, students will receive “Certificates of Completion of Pre-Apprenticeship Training.”

City officials recommended the school’s approval: “It is staff’s opinion that the proposed use will not generate noise, traffic or parking issues because the site was previously approved for a similar use in 1998,” officials wrote in a staff report. “In addition, the site is large enough to accommodate the number of people the barbering and beauty school will attract and the site has enough parking available (44 spaces) to meet the City’s standards.”


Buffalo Wild Wings is seeking to extend its alcohol sales an additional half-hour to 1:30 a.m.

According to Buffalo Wild Wings representative Mike Ayaz, the extra half-hour would allow the restaurant “to increase its sales revenues significantly, especially in the late evening hours.”

The Downey Police Department did not object to the extra half-hour of alcohol service, and city officials are recommending the request’s approval.


The Wet Bar is seeking a permit to host live entertainment, including disc jockeys, bands, mariachi, comedians and karaoke.

Owner Luis Gomez also wants permission to charge admission fees for special events, and to cater food from a restaurant on the same property.

Gomez originally requested the permit last year, but the Planning Commission delayed a decision after hefty public opposition.

This time, city officials placed contingencies on Gomez’s application, including that no professional dancers are permitted and live bands cannot exceed more than four members.

Responding to noise complaints, Gomez will be responsible for hiring a noise consultant to measure outside sound levels to ensure the Wet Bar does not exceed noise standards in Downey.

Gomez also agreed to install a sound meter outside the property where it can be inspected by city staff.


Another request by Club DB Lounge to hire go-go dancers for the downtown nightclub has been pushed back to June 4.

In a staff report, the dancers are referred to as “performance art dancers.”

Hayk Gervorkyan, owner of Club DB Lounge, also wants to extend its operating hours to 4 a.m. and install a valet parking service.

Published: Monday, May 19, 2014, WEB ONLY
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