N.O. City Council issues club permit for music shows

It was during the summer when Siberia, a St. Claude Avenue music club known for its heavy metal, rock and bounce shows, went silent because of permitting issues.

The music will return, though, after the City Council voted unanimously Thursday to pass a conditional use permit to allow the shows. The club opened in 2010 but stopped its music shows in July because it lacked the permit that allowed live music. It remained open as a bar in the meantime and hosted a handful of shows with temporary permits.

Councilwoman Kristin Palmer, in whose district the business sits, said the club’s operators have been receptive to enacting provisions the City Planning Commission made during its Oct. 23 meeting, during which time members voted to recommend approval.

Among the planning commission’s 14 provisos were rules to prohibit go-cups and music projected to the outside of the building, orders to install soundproofing material and stop live music by 2 a.m. and requirements for off-street vehicular parking and spots for at least two bicycles.

Co-owner Daphne Loney told the council that several of those stipulations already have been met. Palmer said she would like to work to modify the final ordinance provisos for off-street parking, bicycle parking and exterior improvements.

Some neighbors of the club at 2227 St. Claude Ave. wrote letters to the planning commission saying they had concerns including, but not limited to, noise, possible drug use in the streets, litter and parking for vehicles and bicycles.

Letters of support came from the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association and the St. Claude Main Street board of directors. The FMIA said the owners have been responsive to neighbors and that it was not aware of any complaints or concerns about live music. The SCMS board shared a similar opinion of the business.

No one on Thursday spoke against the action.

Palmer hailed the club as a product of “smart development” on the St. Claude Avenue commercial corridor.

“This, again, is a win, I think, for our cultural economy ... but also for the surrounding community and for local businesses, which we all would like to support,” Palmer said. “This is music, which we love.

“And my mom actually likes your bar — and my sisters,” Palmer said with a grin before the council voted to approve the permit.