One of the items on tonight's Zoning Commission meeting in Danbury is a continuation of a public hearing on a proposed zone change that would allow off track betting in the City. It would make an OTB facility an accessory use to a restaurant.
Sportech Venues, which has exclusive licensing rights in Connecticut, wants to renovate the first floor of Two Steps Downtown Bar and Grille on Ives Street into a sports bar and restaurant. OTB gaming would be added to the second floor.
If the Zoning Commission gives their OK, the City Council must approve the application.
During the meeting earlier this month, resident Ken Gucker voiced concern that this was "spot zoning" for the benefit of one person, which he believes is illegal.
The Chairman of the Jericho Partnership also spoke out against an OTB site in Danbury. He says to add more gambling to the City sends the wrong message as Danbury struggles to fight substance abuse, human trafficking and address fear in the immigrant community.