Delray commission deadlocks on proposed plans to renovate Buddha Sky Bar

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Staff report

Proposed plans to renovate Buddha Sky Bar are in limbo after commissioners failed to make a decision on the project in a 2-2 vote.

The owners of the restaurant proposed converting the first floor into retail while moving the restaurant to the second floor and adding an enclosed deck to the building at 217 E. Atlantic Ave.

Plans also included updating the Art Deco-style building by changing the facade finishes to a more modern look.

But commissioners were split in whether to approve the proposal. Commissioner Shirley Johnson was absent from the meeting to cast a tie-breaking vote.

Commissioners Bill Bathurst and Ryan Boylston supported the renovation while Mayor Shelly Petrolia and Commissioner Adam Frankel were opposed.