Ray said the owners were not willing to release a preliminary architect's rendering of the proposed building. She did not return a call Wednesday seeking additional information.
Dan Vriendt, the city planning director, said he didn't have much information to add.
"The only one I talked to was the architect," Vriendt said. "He submitted this work-in-progress site plan. He's not required to submit a site plan."
In rezoning cases, planning commissioners are reminded to consider only the general uses allowed under each zoning classification, not any specific plan for the site.
Medical offices are not allowed in an I-2 district, Vriendt said. "That's why they need it rezoned.
"But we've rezoned other property along there in the past," he said. "To be honest, where it's located there's not any neighbors. I wouldn't expect it to be controversial."
Following more than 20 years of operation, Metromedia Group closed the doors to the Steak & Ale in 2001, saying it was one of its underperforming restaurants. Metromedia Group, also owner of Bennigan's and Ponderosa, filed for bankruptcy a few years later.
The state Lottery Commission soon leased the former restaurant as "temporary" expansion space as it looked for larger quarters. That arrangement lasted 10 years, when the agency finally moved to City Center West.
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