Eldin Husic (right) and his wife Adnela Halebic-Husic, shown here with their sons Mehmed-Mesha, left, and Tarik, hoped that St. John’s city council would vote to extend the non-conforming use expiration date on commercial properties in residential zone such that they can open the Balkan Grill on Boncloddy Street. They have decided to abandon the location.
©Kenn Oliver/The Telegram
The Balkan Grill won’t be coming to Boncloddy Street after all.
Eldin Husic, who was aiming to open an ethnic restaurant in the former Sports Bar on Boncloddy Street, has decided not to purchase the property and will instead seek out a new location.
“In light of the events surrounding the Boncloddy street purchase, I believe it is in best interest of all involved to withdraw the application for the Change of Non Conforming Use,” Husic wrote in an email to the Telegram.
“I simply do not wish create any more trouble than I already have.”
Under city regulations, the non-conforming use exception granted to allow the commercial property to operate in a residential zone expired after three years this June.
Art Puddister, City of St. John’s councillor at large and chair of the city’s planning committee, was set to make a motion at the next regular council meeting to have the non-conforming use policy extended to four years.
That won’t be necessary now, as Husic believes and hopes “that a new property is the solution and a way to resolve this issue and move forward.”