The City of Newport Beach Zoning Administrator will hold a hearing at a Nov. 28 meeting that could grant permission for a Sweet Lady Jane Bakery to open in the former John Blom photography space.
The Zoning Administrator hearing will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 28 in Council Chambers at City Hall at 3300 Newport Blvd. The hearing will decide whether the city will issue a minor use permit that would “convert 1,660 square feet of retail space to a food service, eating and drinking establishment, which will have an interior net public area of 280 square feet with 12 seats and an accessory outdoor dining area of 70 square feet with 8 seats,” according to a public hearing notice.
The bakery would not be open past 11 p.m., and the application does not include any request for alcohol service. The application was submitted to the city on Oct. 4. The bakery, which has two locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica, is famous for creating cakes for celebrities.
John Blom, a Corona del Mar photographer, sold the building at 3732 East Coast Highway last spring and announced he would work with clients on location rather than in his studio. Currently a psychic shop is located in the space, and a Republican Headquarters office was in the building through Election Day. Read our earlier story here.
The Zoning Administrator also is tentatively scheduled at the same meeting to consider an expansion of a Poppy Avenue daycare center. The minor use permit request would convert an existing at-home child daycare from a small licensed facility that can care for up to eight children to a large licensed facility that can care for nine to 14 children.
“The property is developed with two detached dwelling units,” according to a public hearing notice. “The existing and proposed daycare is located in the front single-story cottage unit and front yard area adjacent to Poppy Avenue. Parking for residents and the child daycare would be provided by the existing two-car garage and two existing carport spaces (4 spaces total). Proposed hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.”
The application was submitted on Sept. 27.