Zoning change approved for Glen’s Opry
A zoning change approved Monday night by the Tonganoxie City Council paves the way for an expansion at Glen's Opry.
The downtown business plans to provide better access to people with disabilities and eventually provide more seating.
With the change from industrial zoning to central-business zoning, the business' use and zoning designation will match. The zoning change also will increase the value of the property and allow the property to be consistent with planning goals, said Linda Zacher, city planner. The firm could not expand until the zoning change was approved.
Glen Smith, owner of Glen's Opry, said he has not had complaints about access for people with disabilities, but he wants to make his restrooms more accessible. He estimated that 80 percent of the people who attend shows at the opry are elderly.
"I want to make it more convenient for them," Smith said.
He also plans to move the concession stand and enlarge the building by 27 feet on the east side and 100 feet on the north side.
That 50 percent increase in the structure's size also will allow him to add approximately 150 seats to the existing 300-seat capacity.
Smith said 100 people purchase reserved seats every year.
Although the building will expand, the parking lot will not.