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Filter Coffeehouse's patio plan to be discussed Tuesday by Uptown Planners

SAN DIEGO -- The board of the Uptown Planners will consider a number of community issues, including two affecting Hillcrest, at its next meeting on Tuesday, April 3.

Included with the four "Potential Action Items" listed on the agenda, the planning group will discuss a Neighborhood Use Permit application submitted by Filter Cofffeehouse at 1295 University Ave. The popular cafe currently has an outdoor seating area, but has applied to renovate its 200-square foot sidewalk cafe.

The group will also vote on submitting a letter of support for the annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, which passes through Hillcrest and Balboa Park. The race will shut down many streets and freeways in San Diego on Sunday, June 3.

Last year, SDGLN's Nightlife Columnist Jim Winsor wrote about his concern that several cars were towed from University Avenue around 1:45 am the morning of the race, 15-minutes before most bars and nightclubs in the area close down. Winsor called upon race organizers and city officials to consider the impact the early street closure has on local businesses that are open late at night, during the permitting process this year.

The Uptown Planners board is a citizens group that provides advisory recommendations to the City of San Diego regarding land use and projects in the neighborhoods within the Uptown Community Plan area.

Decisions made by the board are forwarded to the city's Planning Commission, and then the full city council.

The meeting begins at 6 pm at the Joyce Beers Community Center on Vermont Street, north of University Avenue, in the Uptown Shopping District Plaza.

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