Photo studio building plans get Council’s OK

05/19/2014 5:01 PM

05/19/2014 5:02 PM

Despite neighbors concerns with noise, light and traffic, the city now has another place for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

The City Council approved, 6-0, a request to add wedding chapel capabilities, via a special use permit, to the Marcel’s at Monterra photo studio at 1700 Tennison Parkway.

The proposal needed a super majority, or two-thirds of the council’s approval to pass because of the opposition from a neighboring home owners association.

The president of the Monterra Home Owners Association wrote a letter in opposition representing the neighborhood’s 84 households. The letter cites concerns with traffic, parking and noise and lighting during night events.

The closest homes to the property are 180 feet away.

The 8,946 square feet venue will use the studio’s indoor and outdoor space for receptions.

Owner Robin Scheuerman said she plans to also use the space for meetings, training and more.

“We want to expand the use of our building into a dual use,” Scheuerman said. “We just want to enhance the use of our venue.”

The matter came to the city council because Colleyville doesn’t have a land use designation for conference-type spaces, Community Development Director Ron Ruthven said. The wedding chapel permit will allow wedding ceremonies, receptions and other gatherings. Events are limited to 125 occupancy and of alcohol is served an off-duty police officer must be present.

Co-owner Greg Scheuerman said he and his wife plan to expand the business soon because they’ve had requests from several clients.

This is the city’s second wedding chapel permit, the other is the Piazza in the Village.

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